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Laurens County South Carolina – Historical Markers

"Patriot in Petticoats" Marker (Far Right)<br>with Mary Musgrave Monument (Center) image, Click for more information
By Brian Scott, November 22, 2008
"Patriot in Petticoats" Marker (Far Right)
with Mary Musgrave Monument (Center)
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — "Patriot in Petticoats"Mary Musgrove Monument
This monument, erected in the early 20th century, stands as a reminder of the legendary Mary Musgrove. She is remembered as a character in the 19th century novel Horseshoe Robinson who took great personal risks spying for the Patriots. . . . — Map (db m13845) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — American Flag Pole
. . . — Map (db m11978) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Battle of Musgrove Mill
Site of Battle of Musgrove Mill American Revolution August 18, 1780 — Map (db m13387) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Clinton Confederate Monument
[East] Erected by the Stephen D. Lee Chapter -- 1910 [West] Our Confederate Heroes 1861 -- 1865 "Lest We Forget" — Map (db m23434) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Clinton Veterans Monument
Honoring Veterans of All Wars — Map (db m23432) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Davison McDowell Douglas1869-1931 — Minister, Educator, Humanitarian
This building -- dedicated as a memorial to alumni killed in World War II and the Korean War -- is named Douglas House in memory of that beloved servant of God, the Reverend Davison McDowell Douglas, B.A., B.D., M.A., D.D., LL.D., who served . . . — Map (db m11980) WM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Eugene Blakely Sloan
Son of Eugene Blakely Sloan I and Janie Pressly Lindsay Sloan Born February 22, 1922, Clinton, S.C. Died April 6, 1969, Hunting Island, S.C. Editor, Author, Photographer, Naturalist, Teacher Educated at Erskine College and . . . — Map (db m48655) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Ford Country
During the Revolutionary War, river fords were a vital resource in controlling communication and transportation in the South Carolina backcountry. With few bridges or roads, these fords offered a tremendous tactical advantage to whomever . . . — Map (db m13857) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Henry Clinton Young
The City of Clinton is named after Henry Clinton Young (1794 - 1875) A Laurensville Attorney who planned the original streets. The City of Clinton has been chartered four times 1852, 1864, 1886 and 1890 Young also served as a Major in the South . . . — Map (db m63429) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Jacobs Hall
Erected in Honor of Rev. William Plumer Jacobs, D.D. Founder of the College ----------- Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton for half a century and founder of Thornwell Orphanage — Map (db m11945) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — James Ferdinand Jacobs
. . . — Map (db m11990) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Malcolm A. MacDonald
An educational scholarship established and this street named in memory of Malcolm A. MacDonald, D.D., third president of Thornwell Home and School, September 1944 - January 1971. His love and dedication to Thornwell's children in his care is . . . — Map (db m48658) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Mrs. Lillian G. Brown
In Memory of Mrs. Lillian G. Brown Loving Author of Bee-Mail World War II — Map (db m11976) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Musgrove Mill State Historic Site
Musgrove Mill State Historic Site is devoted to preserving a portion of the site of the Battle of Musgrove's Mill. On August 19, 1780, a small, yet battle-tested band of Patriot militia outmaneuvered and outfought a larger loyalist force . . . — Map (db m13756) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — No Rest for the Weary
Edward Musgrove had been in the backcountry long enough to experience the brutality of frontier warfare, being involved in the Cherokee Wars and the Regulator Movement. Although he had hoped to live in peace, his home would draw the attention of . . . — Map (db m13493) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Pinelawn Memory Gardens Veterans Monument
Dedicated to the Honor and Glory of all American Veterans who served in all wars in defense of our great country — Map (db m55954) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Presbyterian College Armed Forces Memorial
World Wars I & II / Korean War Left Plaque The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, had awarded in the name of the Congress the Medal of Honor to Lt. Colonel George L. Mabry, Jr. . . . — Map (db m11954) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — 30-3 — Providence Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church
The cemetery located about 1/2 mile SW, marks the original site of the church, founded Sept. 10, 1836. Buried here is William Blakely, Sr., survivor of Hayes Station Massacre, 1871, who with Samuel Blakely donated the land for the church and . . . — Map (db m12030) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Summer Camp
Even though Edward Musgrove chose to stay neutral in the Revolutionary War, his property was desirable real estate for the British. The ford across the Enoree River could provide a known crossing, the grist mill on the property could provide food . . . — Map (db m13494) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — The Reverend William Plumer Jacobs(1842-1917)
Graduate of the College of Charleston and Columbia Theological Seminary Pastor of Clinton, Duncan Creek, Shady Grove, and Thornwell Presbyterian Churches Founded and President of the Thornwell Home and School for Children Founder of . . . — Map (db m11943) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — Where There's a Mill...
In the years before the American Revolution, Edward Musgrove saw his land as the perfect location for a gristmill. The nearby Enoree River provided power for the mill, and demand was high among Backcountry residents for means to grind their crops . . . — Map (db m13889) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — William C. Dobbins Highway
U.S. 76 Between Clinton and Laurens Named in 1979 in Honor of William C. Dobbins, Jr. Member, South Carolina House of Representatives 1957-62 Member, South Carolina Senate 1965-68 Member, South Carolina State Highways and . . . — Map (db m12018) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Clinton — William Plumer Jacobs, D.D., LL.D.1842-1917
This stone, erected on the fiftieth anniversary of Thornwell Orphanage by men and women whose childhood was blessed by the founder and first president, is grateful testimonial of The Thornwell Orphanage Alumni 1875 - . . . — Map (db m11938) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Cross Hill — Cross Hill Confederate Monument
. . . — Map (db m81211) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Gray Court — 30-15 — Dials Methodist Church
[Front]: This is one of the oldest Methodist congregations in Laurens County. Its earliest records have been lost, but tradition holds that Martin Dial (1744-1843), a veteran of the Revolution, organized a “Methodist Society” . . . — Map (db m43067) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Gray Court — Gray Court Owings Consolidated High School
Created by consolidation of the following schools: Dials, New Harmony Friendship, Owings Gary Court, Riddles Old Field Dedicated to our children 1928 Kate V. Wofford, County Supt. of Education C.B. Owings, R.L.Gray, T.H. . . . — Map (db m43360) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Gray Court — 30-10 — Laurens County Training School
[Front]: The Laurens County Training School, located here 1924-1954, had its origins in Gray Court School, a one-room school founded ca. 1890 on the grounds of Pleasant View Baptist Church. The training school, opened in 1924 in a . . . — Map (db m22904) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Gray Court — 30-5 — Young’s School
Here at Young’s School in 1915, Dr. Wil Lou Gray (1883–1984) initiated for her native county of Laurens a seven-school program of night education for adults which led to the adoption of a state-wide system and her national recognition as a . . . — Map (db m9951) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Honea Path — John C. Taylor Bridge
Named in 1978 by Legislative Request Honoring Him for His Distinguished Service Clerk of Court Anderson County 1920-1932 Congressman Third S.C. District 1933-1938 Trustee University of South Carolina 1946-1950 . . . — Map (db m15592) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Joanna — 30-16 — Belfast Plantation
[Front] This Federal plantation house was built between 1786 and 1815 for John Simpson (1751-1815), merchant and planter. Simpson came to S.C. from England in 1786 and named Belfast after his birthplace in Ireland. A post office here was . . . — Map (db m49455) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Joanna — 30-1 — Jefferson Davis Flight
Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy on his flight from Richmond, Va. with his Cabinet and other high ranking officers spent the night of April 30, 1865 at the house 1½ miles west, then the home of Lafayette Young. Arriving there . . . — Map (db m55837) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Joanna — Joanna Veterans' Memorial
Top plaque: This hospital erected as a lasting tribute to the men and women of Joanna who served their country in World War II and as a memorial to those who gave their lives H. Odell Barrett • Floyd R. Edwards • Henry W. Dobbins • . . . — Map (db m18896) WM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — A.I. (Gus) Mason Bridge
Named in Honor of Tireless Civil Worker Active Leader in Seeking Industry Proud Booster of Hometown in Every Worthwhile Local Endeavor 1896 - 1977 — Map (db m48693) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — American Legion Post 25 Veterans Monument
Dedicated to Veterans of All Wars, for Service to God and Country 1776-1976 — Map (db m42990) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Eugene Blakely Sloan (1922-1969) - Eugene Blakely Sloan
Eugene Blakely Sloan 1922-1969 Son of Eugene Blakely and Janie Pressly Lindsay Sloan. Educated at Erskine College, U.S.C. Law School. First Lieutenant, Fifth Air Force, World War II. Court Reporter, Editor, Author, Historian, Naturalist..."He . . . — Map (db m48753) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Korean ConflictThe Forgotten War — June 26, 1950 - July 27, 1953
To cherish liberty one need only remember how it was earned. Laurens County shall never forget their own who have served their country in war and peace. — Map (db m18499) WM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — 30-6 — Laurens County / Laurens Historic District
Laurens County Laurens County was one of six counties created from Ninety - Six District March 12, 1785. The courthouse here, built in 1838 by Dr. John W. Simpson, and remodeled and enlarged in 1858, 1911, 1940, and in 1973, was entered in the . . . — Map (db m10133) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Laurens County Confederate Monument
[Front]: In Memory of The Boys in Gray ---------- Erected 1910 by the Citizens of Laurens Co. Under the Auspices of J.B. Kershaw Chapter U.D.C. Our Heroes [Reverse]: On flames eternal camp- ing ground . . . — Map (db m12034) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Laurens County Veterans Monument
In honor of our armed forces past and present dedicated to the preservation of freedom under God — Map (db m39270) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Laurens County World Wars I & II Veterans Monument
Erected in loving memory of the men of Laurens County, S.C. who made the supreme sacrifice World War I White Lewis Felton Abercrombie, Casper W. Waldwell, Mason L. Copeland, Earl A. Davidson, George Lawson Duncan, Burke Fuller, . . . — Map (db m12063) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — 30-8 — Lindley's Fort / Jonathan Downs
Lindley's Fort On July 15, 1776, a number of Indians and Tories attacked this frontier fort where area settlers had gathered for protection. Major Jonathan Downs, with a company of men, had arrived the previous evening & helped repulse the . . . — Map (db m12102) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — 30-7 — Masonic Lodge #19 / Samuel Saxon
Masonic Lodge #19 The first recorded meeting of this organization, known as Palmetto Lodge #19, took place Aug. 7, 1794, at the Samuel Saxon home, which stood nearby. Officers present were: Master, Joseph Downs; Deputy Master, Nathaniel McCoy; . . . — Map (db m12031) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Vietnam War
Once in Our Lives Forever in Out Memories Joseph B. Adams                 Jimmy I. McMorris Michael E. Banks               Reginald G. Morse Roy J. Brackwell, Jr.           Sanford L. Nelson Frankie B. Johnson, Jr.*     Willie J. Payne . . . — Map (db m12099) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — Watts Mills' World War II Veterans Memorial
Top Plaque: Watts Mills' employees who gave their lives in World War II Rumsley Thompson Bennett   Chester Calvin Miller Joe Edward Carlton                   Rex Darvin Power Tommy Cogdill                          Luther . . . — Map (db m12100) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Laurens — 30-9 — Watts-Todd-Dunklin House
[Front]: The Watts-Todd-Dunklin House, built about 1818, is an excellent example of a Federal-era upcountry farmhouse. According to family tradition, it was built for Washington Williams (1777-1829), who gave it to his daughter Nancy . . . — Map (db m23196) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Owings — 30-13 — Francis Rapley Owings House / Owings
Francis Rapley Owings House Owings is named for Francis Rapley Owings (1840-1920), who lived in this house after the Civil War. His ancestor Richard Owings III had settled 2 mi. W in 1757. Francis R. Owings, a farmer and merchant, built the . . . — Map (db m30415) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Ware Shoals — Irvin Pitts Park / Ware Shoals
Irvin Pitts Park Saluda River Natural Resources Irvin Pitts Park is a corridor of land sandwiched between the Saluda River and a canal, which conducts water from the dam to the hydroelectric powerhouse that supplied electricity for . . . — Map (db m31268) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Ware Shoals — 30-11 — Martin's Store
[Front]: This store, first known as Daniel’s store or the “Beehive,” was built before the Civil War by James Wright Daniel (1814-1904) and several business partners. In 1878 James Martin (1815-1879) bought the store from the . . . — Map (db m22966) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Ware Shoals — Mt. Bethel United Methodist ChurchMother of 5 Churches — Bicentennial Anniversary 1768-1972
[Front]: 1768 Bethel Methodist Society Org. at Indian Springs by Rev. Geo. Whitefield and families of Arnold, Giraud, Taylor, Sullivan Mitchell, Box, Wood 1825 Rec'd. Meth. Cone Rev. Barnett Smith 1842 Sunday School Org. . . . — Map (db m22926) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Ware Shoals — Western Laurens Volunteer Fire Department
The land for this building is donated to Western Laurens County Fire District by Joseph Edwin and Francis P. O'Dell as a memorial to their son Simuel Dennis O'Dell, one of the original Western Laurens County firemen. Born August 31, 1951 -- Died . . . — Map (db m22969) HM
South Carolina (Laurens County), Waterloo — 30-2 — Rosemont
About 2½ miles southwest, a granite monument stands on the site of Rosemont, birthplace and home of Ann Pamela Cunningham, founder and first regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union. Through her efforts Mount Vernon was . . . — Map (db m74870) HM

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