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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Rock Hill, South Carolina

Clickable Map of York 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> York County, SC (145) Cherokee County, SC (85) Chester County, SC (42) Lancaster County, SC (56) Union County, SC (41) Cleveland County, NC (29) Gaston County, NC (42) Mecklenburg County, NC (143)  YorkCounty(145) York County (145)  CherokeeCounty(85) Cherokee County (85)  ChesterCounty(42) Chester County (42)  LancasterCounty(56) Lancaster County (56)  UnionCounty(41) Union County (41)  ClevelandCountyNorth Carolina(29) Cleveland County (29)  GastonCounty(42) Gaston County (42)  MecklenburgCounty(143) Mecklenburg County (143)
York is the county seat for York County
Rock Hill is in York County
      York County (145)  
      Cherokee County (85)  
      Chester County (42)  
      Lancaster County (56)  
      Union County (41)  
      Cleveland County, North Carolina (29)  
      Gaston County, North Carolina (42)  
      Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (143)  
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1South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 202 East Main Street
This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m175655) HM
2South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-36 — Andrew Jackson Hotel / Vernon Grant
The Andrew Jackson Hotel The Andrew Jackson Hotel, built in 1926, was funded with more than $250,000 raised by citizens of Rock Hill. Designed by Charles Coker Wilson, it is a fine example of the Beaux Arts style and has been called one of the . . . Map (db m16631) HM
3South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-43 — Black Plantation / Hampton Campaign
Black Plantation. This area was once part of the 448.5-acre plantation of Alexander Templeton Black (1798-1875), for whom Church Street was renamed Black Street. In 1851 Black deeded land for a right-of-way and depot to the Charlotte & S.C. . . . Map (db m16757) HM
4South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-34 — Clinton Junior College
Clinton Junior College, affiliated with the A.M.E. Zion Church, was founded in 1894 by Revs. Nero Crockett and W.M. Robinson as Clinton Institute. Named for Bishop Isom C. Clinton, it featured primary and secondary courses as well as a two-year . . . Map (db m24870) HM
5South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-7 — Columbia Seminary Chapel
This building was designed by Robert Mills and erected in Columbia, S.C., as the stable and carriage house of the mansion of Ainsley Hall; Chapel of Columbia Theological Seminary (Presbyterian), 1830-1927; first home of Winthrop College, . . . Map (db m16774) HM
6South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — East Town Neighborhood
When the White family began selling off their farm, new neighborhoods sprang up in the place of cotton fields. North Confederate Avenue (originally called Pine Street, later called Academy) was first opened in the early 1890s. In 1904 the White . . . Map (db m24843) HM
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7South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-15 — Ebenezer
The town of Ebenezer was incorporated in 1893. Dr. W.B. Fewell was the first intendant, and the first wardens were J.W. Avery, A.A. Barron, S.A. Fewell, and J.B. Neely. The post office here from 1890-1911 was called Old Point. Earlier post . . . Map (db m24817) HM
8South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Ebenezer Confederate Memorial
[West side] Remembering how they resisted oppression and injustice, defended truth and the right, fought for their native land, enduring hardship and sacrifice. We assume the sacred trust of perpetuating their memory with love and . . . Map (db m191706) WM
9South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-27 — Emmett Scott School
[Front]: This school, founded in 1920, was the first public school for blacks in Rock Hill. Named for Emmett J. Scott (1873-1957), a prominent educator who was then secretary of Howard University, Emmett Scott School included all twelve . . . Map (db m24869) HM
10South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-29 — Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
[Front]: The first services were in private homes and at Rock Hill Academy 1857-1861. The church was organized Easter 1870 with the Rev. Roberts P. Johnson as its first rector. Founders included the families of Col. Cadwallader Jones, . . . Map (db m26373) HM
11South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-26 — First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church / Dr. Arthur Small Rogers
First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church This church was organized in 1895 with 26 charter members. The sanctuary, completed in 1898 and enlarged in 1911, was designed by Charlotte architect C.C. Hook and is listed in the National Register . . . Map (db m16760) HM
12South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — First Home of Winthrop CollegeThe South Carolina College for Women
[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 . . . Map (db m28087) HM
13South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-8 — First Presbyterian Church / Church Leaders
First Presbyterian Church This church was begun in 1854 as Antioch Chapel of Ebenezer Church under the leadership of Rev. John G. Richards, on land of the Steeles and Workmans, 3 mi. south of Rock Hill. Mission moved in 1858 to this site, . . . Map (db m11052) HM
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14South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — From Mall To MainThe Rebuilding of Main Street… celebrating the work of David L. Rogers, a developer with dreams
This timeline is dedicated to David L. Rogers and celebrates the hard work and determination of all individuals, companies and governmental departments that made this project possible. The covering of Main Street to create the Town Center Mall . . . Map (db m175674) HM
15South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-47 — James Milton Cherry House
[Front]: The home of James Milton Cherry (1856-1920) stood here until 1974. Cherry was a businessman, public servant, agriculturalist, and real estate developer in Rock Hill for 50 years. He helped found the Young Men’s Loan & Trust Co., . . . Map (db m24833) HM
16South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-5 — Jefferson Davis' Flight
Having crossed the Catawba at Nation Ford, April 27, 1865, the President of the Confederacy fled south along this road following the fall of Richmond. He was accompanied by the remaining members of his cabinet and a detachment of cavalry under Gen. . . . Map (db m28253) HM
17South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-19 — McCorkle-Fewell-Long House / Oakland
McCorkle-Fewell-Long House This two-story frame house with central hall was a typical piedmont farmhouse when built, probably by Stephen McCorkle prior to 1821. Samuel M. Fewell significantly altered the house during his ownership 1867-1890. In . . . Map (db m24829) HM
18South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-37 — McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins / "Friendship Nine"
McCrory's Civil Rights Sit-ins This building, built in 1901, was occupied by McCrory's Five & Dime from 1937 to 1997. On February 12, 1960, black students from Friendship Jr. College in Rock Hill were denied service at the McCrory's lunch . . . Map (db m16719) HM
19South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Nation Ford
Original trestle completed 1852 by Charlotte & South Carolina R.R. on site of ancient crossing known as the Nation Ford. Burning by Federals April 19, 1865, touched off sharp battle with Southern forces which resulted in Union . . . Map (db m11050) HM
20South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Old Town FactOld Town, Rock Hill, SC
Friendship College founded Rock Hill's first library for blacks, located in a small room at Emmett Scott School, around 1933. The library was moved near this location in December 1944 and was renamed the Palmetto Branch of the Rock Hill Library. The . . . Map (db m175688) HM
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21South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Old Town FactOld Town Rock Hill, SC
James Lamar "Dusty" Rhodes, MVP of the 1954 World Series, began his baseball career with the Rock Hill Chiefs in 1950. He worked in local textile mills during the off season. Following his World Series heroics, 35,000 fans honored Rhodes with a . . . Map (db m175689) HM
22South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — President's HouseWinthrop University
Each of Winthrop's president's has lived in the President's House. Built by Captain W.H. Stewart, the home became the President's residence in the late 1890's. The home was first fashioned in the Queen Anne Victorian style, with rounded turrets . . . Map (db m24834) HM
23South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Rock Hill
This marker commemorates the genesis of the city of Rock Hill; and stands near the site of the Charlotte and South Carolina railroad company depot erected about 1851. The village which grew up around the depot was granted recognition as Rock . . . Map (db m16918) HM
24South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-23 — Rock Hill Buggy Company / Anderson Motor Company
Rock Hill Buggy Company In 1886 A.D. Holler, who had long owned a wagon and buggy shop in Rock Hill, founded Holler and Anderson Buggy Company with his son-in-law John Gary Anderson (1861-1937). Anderson built a factory here in 1892, with . . . Map (db m24831) HM
25South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-38 — Rock Hill Cotton Factory
[Front]: This textile mill, built in 1881, was the first in Rock Hill and the first in S.C. to use steam power. A.E. Hutchison, J.M. Ivy, W.L. Roddey, and A.H. White founded the Rock Hill Cotton Factory to boost the city's status as a . . . Map (db m16725) HM
26South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-46 — Rock Hill Depots / Rock Hill Street Railway
Rock Hill Depots The first of six railroad depots nearby was built in 1851 on the Charlotte & S.C. RR, after the citizens of Ebenezer objected to a new railroad yard proposed there. The town that grew up here was named Rock Hill after the flint . . . Map (db m16724) HM
27South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-41 — Rock Hill High School
[Front]: Rock Hill High School has its origins in the Rock Hill Graded School, opened in 1888 for grades 1-9. The name Rock Hill High was first used in 1907-08 for a boys' school housed in the former Presbyterian High School. A property . . . Map (db m16759) HM
28South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company / Rock Hill Buggy Company and Anderson Motor Company
(side 1) Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company The Rock Hill Printing and Finishing Company, a division of M. Lowenstein & Sons, of New York, went into operation at this site during the last quarter of 1929. The first general . . . Map (db m88733) HM
29South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-9 — Sims Home Site
Near this spot stood the Rock Hill residence of Robert Moorman Sims, Captain, C.S.A., who on April 9, 1865, carried the flag of truce which led to the surrender of Lee's forces at Appomattox, He later was S.C. Senator for Lancaster County, . . . Map (db m16721) HM
30South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-22 — Site of White's Mill
About 1 ˝ miles south of here on Fishing Creek were a house and mill mentioned on a 1766 royal land grant to Hugh White. British Colonel Banastre Tarleton and his Legion were encamped at White's Mill for several days in September 1780, during which . . . Map (db m24871) HM
31South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-39 — St. Anne's Parochial School
[Front]: St. Anne’s Church, the first Catholic church in York County, was founded in 1919 by the Rev. William A. Tobin of Columbia. The first building, erected on Saluda Street in 1920, closed in 1961. St. Anne’s opened its first . . . Map (db m24868) HM
32South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-40 — Standard Cotton Mill / Highland Park Manufacturing Co.
Standard Cotton Mill The Standard Cotton Mill, built in 1888-89, was the second textile mill in Rock Hill. It was promoted by John R. London and financed entirely by local citizens, including schoolchildren, who bought stock for 50˘ a week. . . . Map (db m24867) HM
33South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — The "3C's" Railroad
The rail line which passes just north of this site was the second railroad to serve Rock Hill. Part of the Charleston, Cincinnati and Chicago Railroad (known locally as the 3C's), the first train on this line arrived here in 1888. The 3C's opened . . . Map (db m24840) HM
34South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — The A. Friedheim & Bro. And Smith-Fewell Buildings
Construction of the Friedheim and Smith-Fewell buildings began in June 1898. Both structures were built by local craftsmen using over 1 million brick, 5 railcars of stone, 150,000 ft. of lumber and over 700 sq. ft. of plate glass. Both stores . . . Map (db m175676) HM
35South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — The African American Business District MonumentRock Hill, South Carolina
The Rock Hill City Directory listing of businesses that were operating on West Black Street in the late 60s and early 70s. 1. Blue Bird Taxi Company (1972)* 2. Brown's Billiards (1971) 3. People's Undertaking Company (1972) 4. Mutt's . . . Map (db m175680) HM
36South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-35 — The CCC in York County / Tom Johnston Camp, (SCS#10), CCC
The CCC in York County One of the most successful of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal programs was the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), created in 1933. It gave many young men and World War veterans jobs planting trees, fighting forest fires . . . Map (db m24818) HM
37South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — The Dalton Building
. . . Map (db m175656) HM
38South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — The White Home
Located across East White Street, the White Home sheltered five generations of a pioneer Rock Hill family. George Pendleton White and Ann Hutchinson White made their home here after their marriage in 1838. Most likely, a small house was built on . . . Map (db m24842) HM
39South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Town of Ebenezer
This former farming community grew up around Ebenezer Presbyterian Church which had been organized by 1785. Here was located the famed Ebenezer Academy often called "The Athens of York." The first post office was established as Ebenezer Academy in . . . Map (db m28249) HM
40South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-42 — U.S. Post Office and Courthouse / Citizen's Building
U.S. Post Office and Courthouse This building was described as "handsome in every respect" when it opened in 1932. It replaced a 1906 post office and housed a new district court and federal offices. It served as a post office until 1986 and . . . Map (db m16626) HM
41South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Upper Land's Ford Road
There was a limited system of roads in eastern York County prior to the creation of Rock Hill in 1851. One of the main routes was the Upper Land's Ford Road, which passed this site on generally the route of present-day East White Street and . . . Map (db m24839) HM
42South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-14 — Village of Rock Hill / City of Rock Hill
Village of Rock Hill Main Street was laid out on Alexander Templeton Black's land by Squire John Roddey in 1851. The post office was established in 1852. The village was incorporated by the General Assembly in 1870 with an area of one mile . . . Map (db m16624) HM
43South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — Water Trough
The water trough which has been placed here is the only known surviving example of troughs once located at several entrances to the Old Town area of Rock Hill. They provided a convenient place for farmers and travelers to water their horses, mules . . . Map (db m24841) HM
44South Carolina (York County), Rock Hill — 46-10 — White Home
[Front]: About 1839, this former plantation house was built by George Pendleton White (1801-1849) and his wife, Ann Hutchison White (1805-1880). It has since sheltered five generations of a pioneer Rock Hill family. During the War of . . . Map (db m24838) HM
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Dec. 6, 2022