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First Home of Winthrop College

The South Carolina College for Women

 
 
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Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 12, 2008
1. First Home of Winthrop College Marker


Inscription.  
[Left Top]:
This Chapel of the Columbia Theological Seminary, at Columbia, South Carolina, was occupied by the Winthrop Training School as a classroom for one year.
1886-1887.

The Winthrop Training School was organized in 1886 by D.B. Johnson, superintendent of the city schools of Columbia. The Trustees of the Columbia City Schools in 1886, who were also Trustees of The Winthrop Training School, were F.W. McMaster, chairman - John P. Thomas, Jr. R.L. Bryan - Edward S. Joynes - Wm. H. Lyles W.J. Duffie - W.C. Swaffield. In 1936 on request of The Winthrop College Alumnae Association, This building was given to Winthrop College by the Columbia Theological Seminary. In the same year it was moved to this location. Within, rest the remains of David Bancroft Johnson, Founder of Winthrop College and President for Forty-two Years.

[Left Bottom]:
President Johnson wed Mai Rutledge Smith, a native of Charleston, South Carolina, on August 6,1902. They had three children, David Bancroft Johnson, Jr., Burgh Smith Johnson, and Susanne Rutledge Johnson. Mrs. Johnson was a 1900 graduate of
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Winthrop and was employed at the school until 1969, After her death in 1978, at the age of 100, she was interred with her husband.

[Right]:
Erected as a stable and carriage house. Used as the Chapel while the Seminary was in Columbia 1830-1927 and listed such leaders as Howe, Thornwell, Palmer, Girardeau, Joseph Ruggles Wilson and John Leighton Wilson. The Book of Church Order of the Southern Presbyterian Church was prepared in this building by a Committee with J.B. Adger, Chairman, and James Woodrow, Secretary. In student services held here under the Leadership of Frank J. Brooke, Woodrow Wilson accepted and confessed Christ 1873. Presented to Winthrop College by The Board of Directors of Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, on May 7 1936.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1897.
 
Location. 34° 56.401′ N, 81° 1.986′ W. Marker is in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is on Jasper Dr.. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Hill SC 29731, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Columbia Seminary Chapel (approx. 0.2 miles away); President's House (approx. 0.3 miles away); McCorkle-Fewell-Long House / Oakland
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Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 12, 2008
2. First Home of Winthrop College Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Oakland Avenue Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Armstrong-Mauldin House (approx. half a mile away); Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company / Rock Hill Buggy Company and Anderson Motor Company (approx. 0.7 miles away); James Milton Cherry House (approx. ¾ mile away); Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Hill.
 
More about this marker. Memorial Chapel is located in the Winthrop College Historic District.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Original Site, Winthrop College in Columbia
 
Also see . . .
1. Winthrop University. Official website of Winthrop University. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Winthrop University. Winthrop University (formerly Winthrop College) is an American public, four-year liberal arts college in Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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3. Chapel of Columbia Theological Seminary
 

3. Winthrop College Historic District. The Winthrop College Historic District includes twenty properties of historical and architectural merit that were constructed between 1894 and 1943 and that reflect the growth and development of the college as an innovator in education in South Carolina. (Submitted on January 17, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Memorial Chapel (originally Columbia Presbyterian Chapel)
Constructed ca. 1823 in Columbia; taken apart, moved to Winthrop College, and reconstructed in 1936. (Source: National Register nomination form.)
    — Submitted January 18, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
 
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Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, October 12, 2008
4. First Home of Winthrop College Marker
David Bancroft Johnson image. Click for full size.
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5. David Bancroft Johnson
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6. David Bancroft Johnson
David Bancroft Johnson 1856-1928 Founder and First President Winthop College Presented by The Winthrop College Alumni Association April 15, 1989
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7. The Winthrop Eagle
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8. First Home Of Winthrop College
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9. Winthrop College
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10. Winthrop College
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11. Time Capsule
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 6, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,203 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on March 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 6, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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