Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Greenville Woman's College
Established in 1854 by the S.C. Baptist Convention, this institution opened as Greenville Baptist Female College in February 1856, on this site originally donated by Vardry McBee to the Greenville Academies. Its name was changed to Greenville Woman's College in 1914. It was coordinated with Furman University in 1933, merged with Furman in 1938, and moved in 1961 to the consolidated campus six miles north of town.
Erected 1975 by Furman University. (Marker Number 23-15.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1856.
Location. 34° 51.33′ N, 82° 24.079′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on College street west of North academy Street (U.S. 123). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldier's Rest (within shouting distance of this marker); General Nathanael Greene (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Buncombe Street Methodist Church (approx. The Buncombe Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Textile Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); SC Ordinance of Secession (approx. ¼ mile away); Confederate Armory (approx. ¼ mile away); In Memory of 81st Wildcat Division / Camp Sevier (approx. ¼ mile away); Springwood Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Max Heller Legacy Plaza (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
More about this marker. The site is the current home of Heritage Green, a collection of buildings that house the Greenville Little Theatre, the Art Museum, the Upstate History Museum, and the Children's Museum. The property was donated to the city of Greenville by Vardry McBee with the understanding that it would always be used for educational and artistic purposes.
Regarding Greenville Woman's College. Greenville Woman's College, underfunded and unable to withstand the financial turmoil of the Great Depression, was forced to merge with Furman after seventy-six years as an independent women's college. The school, however,
Also see . . .
1. Furman University. Furman University is a private, coeducational, non-sectarian university in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. The Children's Museum of the Upstate. Official website of the Children's Museum of the Upstate. (Submitted on April 2, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Greenville Little Theatre. Official website of the Greenville Little Theatre. (Submitted on April 2, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Greenville County Library System. Official website of the Greenville County Library System. (Submitted on April 2, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Upcountry History Museum. Official website of the Upcountry History Museum. (Submitted on April 2, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. About Vardry McBee
Vardry McBee was perhaps the most pivotal figure in the history of our city and Greenville County as a whole, thanks to his business acumen and impressive foresight for how the community could grow and prosper.
A product of the Carolina frontier, McBee was born in 1775 on the eve of the American Revolution, a conflict that would prove formative in his early years. Both his father and older brother fought with the Patriots, at King’s Mountain and the Battle of Cowpens. McBee himself never fought for American independence, but instead used his considerable fortune to improve the lives of his fellow citizens, appropriating his land and fortunes to public improvement projects.
McBee opened the first textile mill on the Reedy River, but he saw value in a diversified economy. In his private business life, that meant he owned two flour mills, a cotton factory, and wool and paper mills. Publicly, even as he approached his 80s, it led him to champion the construction of a railroad line that connected Columbia and Greenville. In 1853, this line became the first rail to serve the community, and it would become a turning point in the economy of the town. (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09, pg 66.)
— Submitted March 21, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
2. Vardry McBee: History in Brief
At a glance An industrialist and philanthropist, McBee worked to diversify the Southern economy while also promoting education and religion. He donated
Claim to fame In 1816, McBee bought the town of Greenville from landowner Lemuel Alston—all 11,028 acres of it.
Did You know? McBee was living in Lincolnton, North Carolina, when he purchased Greenville. Although he wouldn’t move to Greenville until 1836, McBee promoted Greenville as a summer resort and industrial center.
He said it “A man should be prudent and careful, (not a) bully of virtue, nor a bigot.” (Source: G: The Magazine of Greenville, Jan/Feb 09, pg 66.)
— Submitted September 26, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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