Greenville is a city located north east of Grand Rapids in Montcalm County and is named after its founder, John Green. John Green settled on the southwest part of Montcalm County in 1844 and built a sawmill on the Flat River. The sawmill attracted many other Danish settlers and the newly formed “Green’s Village” was formed. Today Greenville celebrates the Danish Festival every third weekend in August.
In 1934 Hendrik Meijer, the founder of Meijers moved to Greenville after immigrating from the Netherlands. He was initially a barber but decided to build a grocery store during the Great Depression.
The Downtown district was placed on the National and State Register of Historic sites in 2008.