As the midpoint between the major population centers of Atlanta, Georgia and Charlotte, North Carolina, 133 miles from each city, the community of Central found itself the focus of a railroad boom in the early 1870s. The Keowee Courier . . . — — Map (db m185440) HM
This rose garden was created to honor Bertha Evans Morgan, wife of J. Robert Morgan, who was a nephew of Jeptha and Minnie Morgan.
Bertha Morgan was a teacher, wife, mother, Clemson University employee and dedicated Christian. Throughout her . . . — — Map (db m16528) HM
Upon the death of Nina “Bird” Garvin Montgomery in 2000 there were two items in her possession that stirred the emotions of her surviving kin. One was a little paring knife, its handles worn thin by close to a century of peeling potatoes and apples . . . — — Map (db m185436) HM
The town of Central, chartered in 1875, grew up along what is now Gaines Street. The post office was called Five Mile from 1851 to 1871. In the 1870s the Atlanta & Richmond Airline Railway built its depot, hotel, offices, and . . . — — Map (db m29834) HM
The car that traditionally signals the end of the train is fittingly displayed as a memorial to Central's railroad heritage. The Norfolk & Western caboose was donated by Norfolk Southern Railroad in 1988 thanks to then Mayor Al Cumbie and Norfolk . . . — — Map (db m185434) HM
The “Peach Queen,” along with the “Crescent,” was one of Southern Railway's premier passenger trains that ran through Central. Southern Railway operated these streamlined inter-city passenger trains from the late 1940's until dropping passenger . . . — — Map (db m185437) HM
In memory of Furman L. Smith Veteran of World War II killed in Italy June 1, 1944 for heroic action beyond the call of duty. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor 1925-1944. — — Map (db m111315) WM
The Central Heritage Society purchased the Morgan House in 1995 as headquarters for the Central History Museum. Several of the rooms are almost exactly as Jessie and Jennie Morgan left them, while others focus on Central, South Carolina history. . . . — — Map (db m15559) HM
Railroads and Farming
In 1873, the town of Central was established as a train headquarters where engines were changed. The town was named for its central location between Atlanta and Charlotte. Central rapidly filled with dispatchers, . . . — — Map (db m15578) HM
Across the railroad tracks from the present Red Caboose once stood a long rambling hotel among a grove of trees built by the railroad company in the late nineteenth century, known as the Central Railroad Hotel. The hotel was famous up and down the . . . — — Map (db m185435) HM
The Werner house is located at what is now 201 Werner Street, formerly called Broad Street. The property was purchased in 1919 and became the home of Theodore and Mary McDow Werner, the parents of four girls and six boys. The Werner family was . . . — — Map (db m185439) HM
This pneumatic (air-driven) drill was once used to help make mining ore more efficient. Compressed air was fed into the drill, which operated a piston that hammered the bit into the rock as it rotated in the chuck. Once the hole was deep enough, . . . — — Map (db m13159) HM
Asbury Francis Lever served in Congress, 1901–1919. On May 8, 1914, the Smith-Lever Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Lever, was signed into law, providing for cooperative agricultural extension services to be . . . — — Map (db m9568) HM
Blue Key National Honor Fraternity
Clemson University Chapter
April 6, 1997
History of the Original Gates
The will of Thomas Green Clemson called for the establishment of a "high seminary of . . . — — Map (db m50972) HM
This land was granted in 1816.
From 1893-1916, the first schools in the area of Clemson were one- and two-room wooden schools.
Calhoun-Clemson, Alma Mater,
Thee do we praise;
For thy noble truth and . . . — — Map (db m21443) HM
John Caldwell Calhoun
Born March 18, 1782, Abbeville District, S.C.
Died March 31, 1850, Washington, D.C.
Buried St. Philip's Churchyard, Charleston, S.C.
Floride Colhoun Calhoun
Born February 15, 1792, Charleston, . . . — — Map (db m51067) HM
Native Americans inhabited this site prior to the American Revolution. In 1775 naturalist William Bartram described the Cherokee village of Esseneca as "situated on the east bank of Keowee," later the Seneca River, with a council-house and chief's . . . — — Map (db m185359) HM
These cannons, affectionately nicknamed “Tom” and “Jerry” by the Class of 1952, were originally mounted to point toward Clemson's rival; the University of South Carolina. The bronze cannons — one built in 1842 by N.P. Ames Foundry (Springfield, MA) . . . — — Map (db m185368) HM
In Proud Remembrance of
Those Sons of
Who Gave Their Lives in the Great Cause
1917 - Of Liberty and Justice - 1918
Claude S. Garrett '17 1st Lt. 8th Aero Sq.
Richard H. Johnson '15 1st Lt. 56th Inf.
George L. McCord . . . — — Map (db m21445) HM
Corps of Cadets From the arrival of the first 446 students in 1893 through the spring of 1955, Clemson was a military college. Strict discipline and regimen were the essence of early Clemson life. This Military Heritage Plaza overlooks the . . . — — Map (db m185367) HM WM
Clemson University was founded in 1889 as the Clemson Agricultural College of S.C., with its origins in the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 creating public land-grant colleges. It was established by a bequest from Thomas Green . . . — — Map (db m9572) HM
Clemson University was founded in 1889 as the Clemson Agricultural College of S.C., with its origins in the Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862 creating public land-grant colleges. It was established by a bequest from Thomas Green . . . — — Map (db m14387) HM
For many years, Dr. Luther W. Baxter, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology, maintained this collection, aided by a group of volunteers. Much of Dr. Baxter's research focused on camellia diseases. To reduce root-rot, he taught the volunteers how to . . . — — Map (db m19575) HM
Margaret Marie Snider came to the College in January, 1955. She transferred to Clemson from Anderson College and finished her degree in 1957. Snider was the first woman to complete degree requirements at Clemson. She studied chemistry, then houses . . . — — Map (db m20420) HM
Fort Hill plantation, home of John C. Calhoun and later Thomas Green Clemson, enjoys a rich history with Clemson University, the state of South Carolina and the United States.
John C. Calhoun, former U.S. House of Representative and . . . — — Map (db m51284) HM
A national historic landmark, Fort Hill was the home of University founders Thomas Green and Anna Maria Calhoun Clemson, and Anna's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Calhoun. It was built in 1803 as a four-room manse for Old Stone Church and passed to . . . — — Map (db m185355) HM
A national historic landmark, Fort Hill was the home of University founders Thomas Green and Anna Maria Calhoun Clemson, and Anna's parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Calhoun. It was built in 1803 as a four-room manse for Old Stone Church and passed to . . . — — Map (db m185491) HM
John C. Calhoun
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United States Congressman 1811-1817
Secretary of War 1817-1825
Vice President of the United States 1825-1832
United States Senator 1832-1843
Secretary of State 1844-1845
United States . . . — — Map (db m9540) HM
John C. Calhoun's Plantation Office was his private sanctuary and housed both his study and library during his twenty-five year residency at Fort Hill. In this building Calhoun developed and set forth his most historically significant . . . — — Map (db m9566) HM
Fort Hill Slave Quarters Located one-eighth mile from the main house, the Fort Hill slave quarters were described in 1849 as being "built of stone and joined together like barracks, with gardens attached." Some 70-80 enslaved . . . — — Map (db m185360) HM
Built in 1898, Godfrey Hall was constructed to house textile education and was patterned after a cotton mill. Like many early facilities, it was constructed by a predominantly African-American convict labor crew with bricks they made from clay . . . — — Map (db m185366) HM
The Cadet Life Garden
The Cadet Life Garden is dedicated to a special period in Clemson history. From its foundation until 1956, Clemson was an all-military college, one of seven in the nation. The student body was organized as a Corps of . . . — — Map (db m155169) HM
Built for Paul de St Julien in
1716 in Berkley County, S.C.
Hanover was reconstructed
on campus in 1941 and was
relocated to this site in 1994.
Listed on the National Register
of Historic Places. — — Map (db m13162) HM
The Hanover House was built in 1716 in Berkeley County, S.C. for French Huguenot Paul de St. Julien. St. Julien honored his French heritage in the mortar of one chimney by inscribing "Pue a Pue" from the French proverb "Little by Little the bird . . . — — Map (db m64780) HM
Hanover House, built 1714-16 in what is now Berkeley County and moved to the Clemson College campus in 1941, is a fine example of Dutch Colonial architecture. It was built for French Huguenot planter Paul de St. Julien (d. 1741). . . . — — Map (db m44537) HM
The oldest remaining academic building on campus, Hardin Hall was completed in 1891 to serve as the Chemistry Building. It is named for Mark B. Hardin, the first chemistry department chairman who served terms as acting president in 1897, 1899 and . . . — — Map (db m185356) HM
The Heritage Gardens Project was initiated in 1990 by the Class of 1939. Sponsored by several loyal classes, alumni, and friends of Clemson, its design and early stages of construction was managed by the Class of '39 Heritage Gardens Committee, . . . — — Map (db m19471) HM
This Heritage Gardens entrance is given by the Class of 1939 in honor of their classmate
Walter T. Cox, Sr
whose lifetime of dedication to Clemson included serving as President from July 1985 to March 1986. — — Map (db m19473) HM
In 1913, the Board of Trustees approved a request from President Walter Riggs to approach wealthy businessman and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller for a $50,000 gift to help build a YMCA at the college. In his letter to Rockefeller, Riggs noted . . . — — Map (db m185364) HM
Hopewell was the family home of General Andrew Pickens, Revolutionary War hero and Indian Commissioner, and his wife, Rebecca Calhoun Pickens. Their son, Andrew Pickens, S.C. Governor, 1816-1818, later owned Hopewell, and it was the . . . — — Map (db m9586) HM
Hopewell Plantation was home to Revolutionary War General Andrew Pickens and his wife, Rebecca Calhoun Pickens. On July 16, 1785, Pickens acquired a grant of 573 acres on the Seneca River. By August 1, 1785, Pickens received an additional 560 acres . . . — — Map (db m54892) HM
The Hopewell Treaties were the first formal treaties after the battles between the United States and the Southern Native American tribes. Gen. Andrew Pickens, also known as "Skyagunsta" or "Border Wizard Owl," negotiated the treaties with . . . — — Map (db m54916) HM
This Garden was the brain-child of two of the Botanical Garden's most dedicated volunteers, Chuck and Betty Cruickshank. Their enthusiasm for hostas inspired them to suggest that a hosta display be planted at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. . . . — — Map (db m19600) HM
Ransom and Martha Hunt were well-to-do farmers, with over 8,000 acres of land. They lived in this cabin (built by slaves in 1835) with their 12 children near Seneca, South Carolina.
19th century life in the South Carolina Piedmont was . . . — — Map (db m19580) HM
Clemson University became the first white college or university in the state to integrate on January 28, 1963. Harvey B. Gantt, a Charleston native wanting to study architecture, had applied for admission in 1961. When Clemson . . . — — Map (db m9530) HM
Named in honor of John Caldwell Calhoun, (1782-1850), the Old South's most admired statesman and profound philosopher and America's most influential spokesman for state's rights.
From 1808 to 1810 he served his state as a member of the S.C. . . . — — Map (db m14099) HM
2¼ miles west is the site of Keowee built by John Ewing Colhoun as his upcountry seat in 1792. His sister, Mrs. Andrew Pickens, lived nearby at Hopewell. His daughter, Floride, married her cousin, John C. Calhoun, and lived at Fort . . . — — Map (db m9529) HM
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 . . . — — Map (db m15032) HM
Long Hall was designed by Rudolph E. Lee, architecture program founder and long-time college architect and professor, to be a modern agricultural studies building. Ornamental elements featured in the design include sculptures of major agricultural . . . — — Map (db m185351) HM
Mell Hall was constructed in 1938 as a post office, one of many built under the Work Projects Administration during the 1930s. As the town's only post office, it was a place where students and local residents, black and white, crossed paths . . . — — Map (db m185363) HM
This park honors Clemson University's
legacy of service.
It is a tribute to those who have served,
to those who are serving,
and to those who will serve.
[South . . . — — Map (db m55148) HM
Military Heritage Plaza
"This Hallowed Ground"
Clemson University was established in 1889 to offer
education in applied sciences, including military
training. The institution opened four years later
and for the next 62 years academic . . . — — Map (db m196158) HM
Old Stone Church
This church was built in 1797 for Hopewell (Keowee) Presbyterian congregation by John Rusk on land given by John Miller. Andrew Pickens and Robert Anderson of Revolutionary War fame were elders at its organization. The Reverend . . . — — Map (db m9420) HM
Clemson A&M College
in Cooperation with
Works Projects Administration
J.M. Stallworth, President
A.D. Graham, Vice President
A.C. Commander, Secretary
E. . . . — — Map (db m20570) HM
This private residence is the home of Clemson
President Jim Clements and his wife Beth,
Clemson's First Lady. The Greek Revival-style
house was built to match the style of the iconic
Fort Hill Plantation house in the heart of
campus, which was . . . — — Map (db m186401) HM
Riggs Hall, constructed in 1927 to house architecture and engineering, was the second Clemson building designed by Rudolph E. Lee, architecture program founder and college architect from 1911-1940. It is in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and . . . — — Map (db m185357) HM
Built in 1904 to house the agriculture department, Sikes Hall stands at the historic entrance to campus. Like many early facilities, it was built by a predominantly African American convict labor crew. The building burned in 1925 and was . . . — — Map (db m185352) HM
Originally known as the Textile Building, Sirrine Hall
was constructed from 1937 to 1938 for the textile
education department. It was designed and constructed in
consultation with Joseph E. Sirrine, a Greenville
industrialist who became a . . . — — Map (db m185358) HM
On this spot, under a great oak three which stood here, the first meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College was held May 2, 1888.
The following is a copy of the record of that meeting.
"Fort Hill, Oconee County, . . . — — Map (db m9564) HM
The Battle of Seneca Town
Seneca Town, on the Seneca River E of present-day Seneca, was one of several Cherokee “Lower Towns.” On August 1, 1776, Maj. Andrew Williamson’s S.C. militia, on a raid against these towns, was ambushed by Loyalists . . . — — Map (db m222034) HM
The South Carolina Botanical Garden began in 1958 when a camellia collection on the Clemson University campus was moved to make way for construction. Since that time, many others have been added, and the collection now contains more than 300 . . . — — Map (db m19538) HM
Hostas are herbaceous perennials grown primarily for their foliage. There are more than 1500 species, cultivars and hybrids in the genus Hosta, and new ones are introduced every year.
Hosta leaves come in various shades of green, yellow . . . — — Map (db m19601) HM
A gift from Mr. Claude J. "Pappy" Hayden provided funds to construct this building in 1979. It was originally called the Horticultural Service Center but after renovation in 1992, it was renamed in honor of its original donor. Mr. Hayden, a Clemson . . . — — Map (db m19576) HM
The Old Stone Church, along with the visitor sites of Pendleton Village, Fort Hill Plantation and Oconee Station, reflect the area's transition from frontier to antebellum South Carolina society. The Church's early membership . . . — — Map (db m14459) HM
A Few of the People Interred Here
Buried within the cemetery grounds are people involved in the Indian campaigns of the late Colonial Period, soldiers and patriots of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Indian/Creek War of 1815-16, . . . — — Map (db m14468) HM
This bell was originally hung in the Tillman Hall Clock Tower in 1905, where it faithfully tolled the hours until replaced by the carillon in 1985. During those so eventful years, it joyfully rang out for the graduation of . . . — — Map (db m20424) HM
This 44 acres of the Botanical Garden was formerly the Horticultural Gardens of Clemson University, an innovative concept of Dr. T.L. Senn, Professor and Head Emeritus of Clemson's Department of Horticulture. Work began in 1959 on heavily eroded . . . — — Map (db m19509) HM
Dedicated, April 28, 1989
...These gates, that were originally donated to Clemson by the class of 1928, were moved to this present location as a Centennial gift of Clemson University by Tiger Brotherhood, marking the official entrance to our . . . — — Map (db m51343) HM
Part of the original campus, the building that was interchangeably called the Administration, Agricultural or Main Building in its early years is the University's most iconic structure, distinguished by its clock tower. It was completed in 1893, . . . — — Map (db m185369) HM
The Trustee House, built in 1894 as faculty housing, was initially the home of chemistry department Chairman and three-time Acting President Mark B. Hardin. It was constructed by a predominantly African-American convict labor crew using bricks made . . . — — Map (db m185354) HM
Walter T. Cox, Jr., native of Belton, South Carolina, came to Clemson University in 1935 as a freshman cadet. As a student, he was a company commander in the Cadet Corps and an all-state guard on the football team. After graduating in 1939, he . . . — — Map (db m20566) HM
Letter in both Football and Track
Wingback and Defensive Back on the Tiger Football Teams of 1941, '55, '45, and '46
100-Yard and 220-Yard Dashes, Tiger Track Team of 1945
Drafted by the Chicago Bears of the National Football . . . — — Map (db m20676) HM
Woodland Cemetery Clemson University. Clemson University's Woodland Cemetery began as statesman John C. Calhoun's Fort Hill Plantation graveyard. Early maps show the hillside had been an orchard. The first known burial was a child, also named . . . — — Map (db m185353) HM
This mill was built about 1860 by Col. Robert E. Bowen (1830-1909) Confederate officer, state representative, state senator, and Pickens County businessman. Bowen, a prominent advocate for progressive farming, was also active in the railroad and . . . — — Map (db m9517) HM
Founder and First Intendant (Mayor) of Easley, originally known as Holcombe Town, Jan, 1874. Near this site a Depot was built by him and given to the Railroad. He was the first Depot Agent and Telegraph Operator. In 1846 he became the first . . . — — Map (db m19956) HM
To our military men and women, past and present, your commitment, service and sacrifice will be remembered and appreciated forever.
The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.
. . . — — Map (db m15389) HM
Nestled in the Foothills of
the Blue Ridge Mountains,
the city of Easley was chartered in 1874.
Robert Elliott Holcombe was responsible
for the establishment of Easley as a town when
he built a depot for the railroad company.
The town . . . — — Map (db m15522) HM
The original mill on Golden Creek was built across the creek from the present day Golden Creek Mill by William O'Dell in 1815. The ruins are still visible today. In a deed dated 1836, the property was transferred to John Arial and listed as . . . — — Map (db m15527) HM
Named in honor of John Caldwell Calhoun, (1782-1850), the Old South's most admired statesman and profound philosopher and America's most influential spokesman for state's rights.
From 1808 to 1810 he served his state as a member of the S.C. . . . — — Map (db m9523) HM
Easley High School 1915
Wofford College AB & MA 1919
Georgetown University LLB 1923
American University DCL 1926
Attorney, Banker, Civil Leader
Editor, Benefactor, School Trustee
Cofounder, Carolina National Bank . . . — — Map (db m60525) HM
A town laid out at this site in 1791 called Rockville was officially named Pickensville the next year in honor of Gen. Andrew Pickens. It served as the court house town of Washington District (today's Pickens, Greenville, Anderson, and Oconee . . . — — Map (db m9519) HM
Hamilton, Anne K.
War Between the States
Davis, John O.
Grice, . . . — — Map (db m54975) HM
Liberty was founded in 1776
by a group of Patriots and
was named for that principle
for which they so bravely fought.
Mayor: Dr. E.J. Bryson
Treas.: C.L. Templeton
H.F. Hunt . . . — — Map (db m52217) HM
Dedicated to Veterans
Left Column: W.B. Alexander, Robert Lee Austin, R.M. Bagwell, L.A. Boggs, Willie Devoe Boggs, A.E. Brown, L.T. Bryant, Edmond J. Bryson, John W. . . . — — Map (db m29817) HM
Young men determined to escape economic hardship built this lodge from 1973-1940. They were enrollees in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), one of President Franklin Roosevelt's programs to battle the Great Depression.
The CCC provided . . . — — Map (db m30217) HM