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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Clemson

"Widowmaker's" Drill and Marker image, Touch for more information
By Brian Scott, October 26, 2008
"Widowmaker's" Drill and Marker
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
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 — 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
9South 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
10South 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
11South 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
12South 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
13South 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
14South 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
15South 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
16South 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
17South 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
18South 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
19South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Hanover House
Built in Berkley County 1716 by Paul De St. Julian Rebuilt at Clemson College — Map (db m19579) HM
20South 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
21South 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
22South 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
23South 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
24South 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
25South 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
26South 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
27South 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
28South 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
29South 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 1966 — Map (db m51281) HM
30South 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
31South 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
32South 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
33South 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
34South 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
35South 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
36South 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 m20440) HM
37South 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
38South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Old Stone Church Confederate Memorial
In Memory of our Confederate Dead — Map (db m14480) HM
39South 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
40South Carolina (Pickens County), Clemson — Site of Fort Rutledge
Site of Fort Rutledge Erected 1776 — Map (db m13174) HM
41South 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
42South 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
43South 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
44South 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
45South 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
46South 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
47South 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
48South 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
49South 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
50South 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
51South 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 state — Map (db m9531) HM
52South 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
53South 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
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