Clemson in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ransom and Martha Hunt were well-to-do farmers, with over 8,000 acres of land. They lived in this cabin (built by slaves in 1835) with their 12 children near Seneca, South Carolina.
19th century life in the South Carolina Piedmont was characterized by hard work and a simple lifestyle.
Many Upcountry settlers were of Scots-Irish background and their adherence to frugal living and lack of adornment contrasted with their Lowcountry neighbors who summered here.
Visit Ashtabula or Woodburn Plantation in nearby Pendleton to see the difference in lifestyles.
This cabin was moved here in the mid 1960s.
Location. 34° 40.467′ N, 82° 49.25′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker can be reached from Perimeter Road. Click for map. Marker is located near the cabin, on the grounds of the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Marker is at or near this postal address: 150 Discovery Lane, Clemson SC 29634, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Log House (here, next to this marker); The Camellia Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hosta Garden Donors (about 500 feet away); Dr. Luther W. Baxter The Hayden Conference Center (about 500 feet away); The Charles and Betty Cruickshank Hosta Garden (about 600 feet away); The T.L. Senn Horticultural Gardens (about 700 feet away); Hanover House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Golden Tigers and Class of 1942 Cadet Life Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Hanover House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Clemson.
Also see . . .
1. SC Botanical Garden. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Historic Buildings > Public Service > Clemson University. The South Carolina Botanical Garden houses two unique, historic properties: The Hanover House and the Hunt Cabin. (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Ashtabula. This plantation on the old road to Pickensville has been the home of several prominent S.C. families. (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Woodburn. Some 200 yards west of here stands Woodburn, built by S.C. Lieutenant Governor Charles Cotesworth Pinckney by 1832. (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. The Hunt Cabin
Nestled deep in the South Carolina Botanical Garden stands a monument to a forgotten time. The restored Hunt Cabin was built around 1826. The log structure is the centerpiece of the Garden's "Pioneer Complex".
Charles Hunt, Jr. married Martha Dalton in 1825. As a wedding present, Martha's father, Solomon Dalton, gave Charles 2,300 acres of land. The Hunt Cabin was built on this tract of land in Seneca, South Carolina. The Cabin was scheduled to be torn down, but was purchased by the Clemson Class of 1915 for $35.00 and moved to Clemson College in 1955.
The Hunt Cabin offers an interesting comparison to the Hanover House, also located in the Garden. Built about 110 years apart, each represents very different lifestyles in the State of South Carolina. The elegant Hanover House, a replica of French Huguenot design was a low country home built in 1716, while the 19th century Hunt Cabin is representative of the upcountry,
The original home contained four bedrooms on the first floor and a large front porch. As it currently stands, the Hunt Cabin has one large open room on the first floor, and the front porch is long removed. During the early years, the Hunt Cabin was visited by many travelers. General Andrew Pickens, a good friend of the Hunts, spent many nights in their home. Legend has it that during the Civil War, General Sherman spent a night at the cabin, and thus spared it from the torched during his long campaign in the South.
Other structures in the Pioneer Complex offer a glimpse of life in early Upstate South Carolina. A smaller log cabin stands there, as well as a grist mill and a smoke house. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is open year round and is free to the public. As you walk under the deep canopy of trees, step back into a time when small cabins like these dotted the South Carolina landscape.
— Submitted June 2, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings •
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