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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Clemson, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Pickens County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Pickens County, SC (148) Anderson County, SC (173) Greenville County, SC (377) Oconee County, SC (78) Transylvania County, NC (41)  PickensCounty(148) Pickens County (148)  AndersonCounty(173) Anderson County (173)  GreenvilleCounty(377) Greenville County (377)  OconeeCounty(78) Oconee County (78)  TransylvaniaCountyNorth Carolina(41) Transylvania County (41)
Pickens is the county seat for Pickens County
Clemson is in Pickens County
      Pickens County (148)  
      Anderson County (173)  
      Greenville County (377)  
      Oconee County (78)  
      Transylvania County, North Carolina (41)  
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1South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — "Widowmaker’s” Drill
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
2South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Quercus lyrata (Overcup Oak)
This tree is planted as a living memorial to the faculty and students who lost their lives in the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech.Map (db m20565) HM
3South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — And Then There Was War
"We were just boys, mere boys, and then there was war and half of us were dead or wounded."Map (db m20486) HM
4South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-6 — Asbury F. Lever(1875–1940)
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
5South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Blue Key National Honor Fraternity Gateway
[North Plaque]: Dedicated by 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
6South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Calhoun - Clemson School1917-1938
[Front] This land was granted in 1816. From 1893-1916, the first schools in the area of Clemson were one- and two-room wooden schools. Alma Mater Calhoun-Clemson, Alma Mater, Thee do we praise; For thy noble truth and . . . Map (db m21443) HM
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7South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Calhoun Plantation Cemetery
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. His Wife Floride Colhoun Calhoun Born February 15, 1792, Charleston, . . . Map (db m51067) HM
8South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-20 — Cherokee Town of Esseneca
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
9South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Class of 1943 Veterans
This garden is dedicated to the men of the Class of 1943, with special remembrance to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the armed forces.Map (db m20436) HM
10South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Clemson Cannons
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
11South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Clemson College World War I Memorial
In Proud Remembrance of Those Sons of Clemson College 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
12South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Clemson Military Heritage
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
13South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-9 — Clemson University
[Front]: 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
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14South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-9 — Clemson University
[Front Side]: 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
15South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Dr. Luther W. Baxter
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
16South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — First Woman Graduate
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
17South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Fort HillThe Beginning of a Legacy
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
18South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Fort Hill
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
19South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Fort Hill
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
20South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-2 — Fort Hill
Home of John C. Calhoun 1825-1850 ----- • ----- 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
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21South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Fort Hill Plantation Office
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
22South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-19 — Fort Hill Slave Quarters / Clemson College Convict Stockade
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
23South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Godfrey Hall
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
24South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Golden Tigers and Class of 1942 Cadet Life Garden
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
25South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hanover House
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
26South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hanover House
Built in Berkley County 1716 by Paul De St. Julian Rebuilt at Clemson CollegeMap (db m19579) HM
27South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hanover HouseLittle by Little
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
28South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-12 — Hanover House
Front 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
29South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hardin Hall
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
30South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Heritage Gardens
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
31South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Heritage Gardens Entrance
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
32South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Holtzendorff Hall
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
33South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-4 — Hopewell / Hopewell Indian Treaties
Hopewell 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
34South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hopewell PlantationHome of General Andrew Pickens
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
35South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hopewell Treaty SiteThe Hatchet Shall be Buried
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
36South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hopewell, KeoweeHome of General Andrew Pickens
Where in 1765, under Treaty Oak, a compact with the Indians was signed securing peace for the white settlers in the Upcountry.Map (db m54919) HM
37South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hosta Garden Donors
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
38South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Howard's Rock
From Death Valley, CA. to Death Valley Clemson, SC Presented to Coach Frank Howard and the Clemson Football Team by S.C. Jones '19 September 1966Map (db m51281) HM
39South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hunt Cabin
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
40South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-9 — Integration with Dignity, 1963
[Front]: 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
41South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — John C. Calhoun Memorial Highway
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
42South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-5 — Keowee / John Ewing Colhoun
Keowee 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
43South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Log House
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
44South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Long Hall
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
45South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Mell Hall
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
46South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Memorial Park / The Scroll of Honor
[North Entrance]: Clemson University Memorial Park 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
47South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Military Heritage Plaza
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
48South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-3 — Old Stone Church / Old Stone Church Graveyard
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
49South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Old Stone Church Confederate Memorial
In Memory of our Confederate DeadMap (db m14480) HM
50South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Outdoor Theater (Amphitheater)
Seating Presented to Clemson A&M College by Class 1940 in Cooperation with Works Projects Administration ---------- Class Officers J.M. Stallworth, President A.D. Graham, Vice President A.C. Commander, Secretary E. . . . Map (db m20570) HM
51South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — President's Family Residence
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
52South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Riggs Hall
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
53South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Sikes Hall
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
54South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Sirrine Hall
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
55South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Site of Fort Rutledge
Site of Fort Rutledge Erected 1776Map (db m13174) HM
56South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Site of the First Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Clemson Agricultural College
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
57South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-13 — The Battle Of Seneca Town / Fort Rutledge
[front] 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 . . . Map (db m44540) HM
58South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The Camellia Garden
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
59South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The Charles and Betty Cruickshank Hosta Garden
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
60South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The Hayden Conference Center
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
61South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The Old Stone ChurchA Frontier House of Worship
Significance 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
62South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The Old Stone ChurchThe Cemetery
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
63South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The Old Tillman Hall Bell
[West Panel]: 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
64South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — The T.L. Senn Horticultural GardensDedicated in Honor of Its Founder — June 8, 1991 —
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
65South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — These GatesClemson University Centennial — 1889-1989 —
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
66South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Thomas Green Clemson
Born in Philadelphia July 1 1807 Died at Fort Hill April 6, 1888 Scientist     Diplomat     Soldier Founder of Clemson College and benefactor to the sons of his adopted stateMap (db m9531) HM
67South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Tillman Hall
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
68South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Trustee House
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
69South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Walter T. Cox, Jr.
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
70South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — William Maxwell Poe PlazaBilly "Tweet" Poe — Clemson Class of 1946 —
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
71South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — 39-18 — Woodland Cemetery Clemson University / Fort Hill Slave and Convict Cemetery
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
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