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A.S. Salley House

 
 
A.S. Salley House Marker - Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By Eric Powell, March 20, 2014
1. A.S. Salley House Marker - Side 1
Inscription.  
(side 1)
Alexander Samuel Salley 1871-1961), the historian described as a “walking encyclopedia” of S.C. history, lived here from 1910 until his death. Salley, born in Orangeburg County, was secretary of the S.C. Historical Society in Charleston 1899-1905 and founding editor of the S.C. Historical & Genealogical Magazine. He was secretary of the Historical Commission of S.C. 1905-1949, preserving and publishing many state historical records.
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Salley directed the Historical Commission (now the S.C. Department of Archives and History) until his reluctant retirement in 1949. In 1910 he built this Classical Revival house, designed by Wilson, Sompayrac, & Urquhart. Salley later converted a small house he had built nearby in 1908 (now at 1917 College Street) as his office and library. Connected to this house by a breezeway, it housed his extensive collection of S.C. history.
 
Erected 2014 by Orangeburg County Historical
A.S. Salley House Marker - Side 2 image. Click for full size.
By Eric Powell, March 20, 2014
2. A.S. Salley House Marker - Side 2
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Society. (Marker Number 40-183.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkMan-Made FeaturesPatriots & Patriotism. A significant historical year for this entry is 1910.
 
Location. 34° 0.075′ N, 81° 1.166′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Laurens Street and College Street, on the right when traveling south on Laurens Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 Laurens Street, Columbia SC 29205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Remembering Dr. King (approx. 0.2 miles away); Last Home of Wade Hampton (approx. ¼ mile away); Maxcy Gregg Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Gregg Street (approx. ¼ mile away); The Statue of Liberty Division (approx. ¼ mile away); The Boys of Richland County (approx. 0.3 miles away); Harden Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Memorial Youth Center (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
A.S. Salley House image. Click for full size.
By Eric Powell, March 20, 2014
3. A.S. Salley House
901 Laurens St. Porch on left faces College St, but the main house entrance at far right faces on Laurens St.
Portrait of A.S. Salley by painter Gerald Foster image. Click for full size.
By Eric Powell, April 2, 2014
4. Portrait of A.S. Salley by painter Gerald Foster
Detail of a painting of A.S. Salley commissioned by the Orangeburg County Historical Society by South Carolina painter Gerald Foster. The painting was commissioned in 1954 and completed in 1955 and hangs in the Salley Archives building of the Orangeburg County Historical Society. Mr. A.S. Salley was present at the unveiling on February 20th, 1955, and the state historian emeritus demonstrated some of his knowledge by giving an impromptu speech on the background of some of the Society's document holdings.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2014, by Eric Powell of Orangeburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 481 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 2, 2014, by Eric Powell of Orangeburg, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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