Fannie (Judy) Iselin Cromwell

Many of the beautiful places in Greenville bear the imprint of Judy Cromwell’s hands and heart.  She is a conservationist who works to preserve mountains and forests, rivers and green spaces and historic architecture.

Judy has long been a friend and fundholder at the Community Foundation.  Her passion and support for the redevelopment of the Lake Conestee area helped secure a $500,000 grant from the Community Foundation to purchase land for the park.  Today, the Conestee Nature Park boasts 400 acres of woodlands and walking trails only 15 minutes from downtown.  An amazing feat for land and water once damaged by pollution.

Judy has been involved with many local organizations and projects that make Greenville special – the beautiful green spaces in Falls Park on the Reedy, clearing the Swamp Rabbit Trail and planting shade trees with the Greenville Tree Foundation.  She’s served as a trustee of Naturaland Trust and a supporter of the Nature Conservancy to develop the Mountain Bridge, a wilderness area in the northwestern corner of South Carolina.  Judy is an artist, inspired by wilderness experiences and her conservation work, who has participated in Open Studios, supported the Metropolitan Arts Council and the Governor’s School for the Arts and served on the board of the South Carolina Arts Foundation.

Her home, Brushy Creek Farm, is an extraordinary piece of property off Augusta Road.  In  2010, she gave a conservation easement to Upstate Forever that will preserve the home built by Vardry McBee in the mid-1800’s and will ensure that the surrounding 20 acres will never be developed.  It’s just the latest of her conservation efforts and another of her lasting gifts to Greenville.