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Whitney Park

 
 
Whitney Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
1. Whitney Park Marker
Inscription. (Marker Front)
This park, laid out in 1904-05 was named for William Collins Whitney (1841-1904). Whitney, a lawyer, Secretary of the Navy 1885-1889 under Grover Cleveland, and financier, was also an avid sportsman and leading member of the "Aiken Winter Colony." He established the Whitney Trust in 1901 "for the institution and promotion of all kinds of sports and pastimes in the City of Aiken, S.C." Private and public donations alike paid for Whitney Park.

(Marker Reverse)
William C. Whitney, called "Aiken's most distinguished citizen" at his death in 1904, expanded a small cottage into a rambling vacation house of more than 50 rooms. Joye Cottage, its stables, and squash court are Aiken landmarks. He also help establish Hitchcock Woods, and the Whitney Trust owns Whitney Polo Field, the Court Tennis Building, Palmetto Golf Club, and the Powder House Road Polo Fields, all associated with the "Aiken Winter Colony."
 
Erected 2007 by The Aiken County Historical Society and The Historic Aiken Foundation. (Marker Number 2-39.)
 
Location. 33° 33.282′ N, 81° 43.325′ W. Marker is in Aiken, South Carolina, in Aiken County. Marker is at the intersection of S Boundary Ave SE and Chesterfield
Whitney Park Marker , side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 2008
2. Whitney Park Marker , side 2
St. S, on the right when traveling west on S Boundary Ave SE. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aiken SC 29801, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Coker Spring (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aiken Institute (about 700 feet away); The One Room Schoolhouse (about 800 feet away); Aiken County Courthouse Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aiken County Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hitchcock Woods (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hofmann (approx. 0.2 miles away); Transit Of Venus Observatory Structure, 1882 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aiken County (approx. mile away); James F. Byrnes (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Aiken.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Hitchcock Woods Historical Marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. William Collins Whitney. William Collins Whitney (July 5, 1841 - February 2, 1904) was an American political leader and financier and founder of the prominent Whitney family. (Submitted on August 14, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. About Joye Cottage and its recent renovation. (Submitted on August 14, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
3. Aiken Winter Colony Historic District I. Aiken Winter
Whitney Park present day park image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
3. Whitney Park present day park
Colony Historic District I is significant as the area in Aiken most closely associated with the Winter Colony and the horse industry. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Aiken Winter Colony Historic District II. Aiken Winter Colony Historic District II is significant as an intact collection of properties associated with the Aiken Winter Colony. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. Aiken Winter Colony Historic District III. Aiken Winter Colony Historic District III is important as an intact collection of residences constructed for and rented by winter residents. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

6. 60-Room White Elephant Trumpets Again. Advertisements for-fixer-uppers beckon with primordial force: an abandoned house, a low price tag, the promise of getting something great for nothing much. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

7. Hitckcock Woods, Aiken, SC. Hitchcock Woods is 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodlands that are protected by the Hitchcock Foundation for recreational use and enjoyment. (Submitted on January 6, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyLandmarksNotable Places
 
Whitney Park Marker at Chesterfield St. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Whitney Park Marker at Chesterfield St.
William Collins Whitney<br>1841-1904 image. Click for full size.
By Unknown Source, 1901
5. William Collins Whitney
1841-1904
U.S. Sec of the Navy 1885-1889
The USS Whitney (AD-4) was named in his honor when launched on October 12, 1923.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,727 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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