“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Clemson in Pickens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Log House

Log House (Hunt Cabin) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
1. Log House (Hunt Cabin) Marker
Built in Oconee County about 1850
Restored 1995 by
Class of 1915
W.J. Hunter, Pres. (Deceased 1953)
David J. Watson, 1st V. Pres.
E.H. Pate, 2nd V. Pres.
P.C. Crayton, Secy.
Class Building Committee
David J. Watson, Chairman
D.E. Barnett | T.A. Jennings
W.J. Hunter | Claude S. Lawson
Leon Le Grand

Erected 1955.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 34° 40.467′ N, 82° 49.25′ W. Marker is in Clemson, South Carolina, in Pickens County. Marker is on Perimeter Road. Marker is located near the front door of the cabin, which is south of the fish pond on the grounds of the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clemson SC 29631, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hunt Cabin (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
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(about 500 feet away); 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); a different marker also named Hanover House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Golden Tigers and Class of 1942 Cadet Life Garden (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clemson.
Also see . . .  South Carolina Botanical Gardens. The South Carolina Botanical Garden is a diverse 295 acres of natural landscapes, display gardens, and miles of streams and nature trails. (Submitted on January 4, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
Additional commentary.
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.
Hunt Cabin - East Side image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
2. Hunt Cabin - East Side
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, small farmer. Both houses were lived in by the typical "middle-class" families of the different time periods.

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
Hunt Cabin - South Corner image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott
3. Hunt Cabin - South Corner
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 January 4, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,308 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 4, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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Sep. 25, 2023