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Williamston Municipal Center

 
 
Williamston Municipal Center Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 26, 2009
1. Williamston Municipal Center Marker
Inscription.
This site and the one directly in front, Mineral Spring Park, which was donated by West Allen Williams in 1842, formed the nucleus for the new Town of Mineral Springs. In 1852, the town received its charter and the name was changed to Williamston in honor of West Allen Williams.

The Williamston Hotel was built on this site and in the late 1850's, the Mammoth Hotel was built as a cost of $100,000 which was an enormous sum of money them. It was the largest building in the state at the time of its construction. Both of these structures burned in 1860 and all of Williamston's business district was laid waste except Dr. Millwee's Drug Store and an old blacksmith shop.

In 1872, Dr. Samuel Lander, a Methodist minister, founded and built the Williamston Female College on this site. The college was moved to Greenwood in 1904 and named Lander College in honor of its founder who died six month before the opening there.

The building later became the Park View Hotel. After it closed, it was converted into an elementary school in 1924. The present building was constructed as Williamston High School in 1939 by WPA labor and the other building was town down in 1940.

In 1953, Palmetto High School was built and this building became Williamston Elementary School. When Palmetto Middle School was formed in 1972,
Williamston Municipal Center and Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 26, 2009
2. Williamston Municipal Center and Marker
Marker can be seen to the right of the main entrance.
it became Williamston Primary School and remained as such until 1983 when all students were moved to the new Palmetto Primary School. The property and building were then purchased by the Town of Williamston. Dr. Samuel Lander's son, Dr. W.T. Lander taught at Lander College and his grandson, Dr. W.T. Lander, Jr. was principle of Williamston Middle School

Marion W. Middleton, Mayor
Harold J. Mackey, Ward One; James R. Rogers, Ward Two
David Roberts, Ward Three; Wade L. Pepper, Ward Four
Frances C. Adams, Clerk & Treasurer

 
Erected 1988.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects marker series.
 
Location. 34° 37.133′ N, 82° 28.7′ W. Marker is in Williamston, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (South Carolina Route 20) west of Minor Street. Click for map. Marker is located to the right of the municipal center's south entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 West Main Street, Williamston SC 29697, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Skirmish (within shouting distance of this marker); Williamston Female College (within
Williamston Municipal Center Fountain Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 26, 2009
3. Williamston Municipal Center Fountain
shouting distance of this marker); Williamston 9-11 Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Gist Rifles Monument (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); West Allen Williams Memorial Gravesite (about 300 feet away); West Allen Williams (about 700 feet away); Williamston (about 800 feet away); Big Creek Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Pelzer Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); "Lord, We Are Grateful" (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williamston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Williamston, SC. The Williamston Municipal Center was originally constructed by WPA labor in 1939 as Williamston High School. (Submitted on June 7, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Williamston, South Carolina. Williamston is a town in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States, that is adjacent to the small towns of Pelzer and West Pelzer. (Submitted on June 7, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Works Progress Administration
Williamston Time Capsule Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, May 26, 2009
4. Williamston Time Capsule
To Be Unearthed
July 4, 2076
On this spot is a vault containing records of the celebration of our nation's bi-centennial, and documents depicting life in Williamston in 1976. It is our hope that the next 100 years will continue to being peace, happiness, and prosperity to our town and nation.

Let us always cherish freedom by accepting the responsibilities that it demands of good citizens.

Mayor
Marion W. Middleton
Aldermen
Richard Jacks, Wade Pepper
John Neel III, David Roberts
City Clerk
Mrs. Frances Adams
Bi-Centennial Chairman
Mrs. J.R. Daniels
. The Works Progress Administration (renamed in 1939 to the Work Projects Administration; WPA) was the largest New Deal agency, employing millions of people and affecting almost every locality in the United States, especially rural and western mountain populations. (Submitted on June 7, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,034 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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