Historic Places & Sites

Presbyterian College is located on a striking 240-acre campus of natural beauty steeped in South Carolina history in Clinton, between Columbia and Greenville, S.C. Since 1880, PC has been offering challenging academics and a culture of honor, ethics, and service...

Nestled in the heart of Greenwood, S.C., Lander University is a state-assisted, coeducational, four-year university with approximately 3,000 students. Throughout their 145-year history, Lander has enrolled and graduated people who think and create, who inspire and lead, and who break...

Willowbrook Cemetery is the second most historic cemetery in South Carolina, and is overflowing with “residents” who carved their place in local, state, and national history. The oldest marked grave in Willowbrook belongs to Pierre LaBorde who was a native...

Oakley Park was built in 1835 by Daniel Bird, a Virginian who came to Edgefield and became a very successful cotton planter. After the War Between the States, it was purchased by General Martin Witherspoon Gary, a former Major-General of...

The Depot, one of the oldest buildings in the Town of Ninety Six, was built by Norfolk Southern Railway in 1852. In 1856 US Senator Preston Brooks held his re-election speeches there after resigning for striking US Senator Charles Sumner...

Built ca. 1830, it was the home of South Carolina Lieutenant Governor James H. Tillman. It now serves as the headquarters for the Edgefield County Historical Society. The house features a Strom Thurmond Memorabilia Room containing historical and personal artifacts...

Built CA. 1898, this steam-powered mill employed a milling process pioneered earlier by inventor Oliver Evans which virtually eliminated manual labor. First known as the McCormick Enterprise Ginnery, the mill became Dorn-Finley Co. in 1917, its purpose “to operate and...

At the Diamond Hill Mine you have the rare opportunity to collect your own crystals. Its “unsalted”, meaning everything you will find came from this actual mine. Over millions of years, erosion has occurred to the southern part of the...

This area includes a Confederate monument and a granite marker listing the 10 governors and 5 lieutenant governors of South Carolina from Edgefield County. A life_sized bronze statue of Edgefield County’s native son, Senator J. Strom Thurmond, can also be...

Cokesbury College was established in 1854. The college and the surrounding Cokesbury community– represent an extraordinary glimpse at an early planned utopian community committed to innovative education for young men, young women and for emancipated slaves. At its peak, it...

Built in the 1830s, this Greek Revival historic home was the site of the final meeting of the Confederate War Council with President Jefferson Davis on May 2, 1865. Open Friday and Saturday 1:00pm-5pm February-May and September-December. Open Tuesday-Saturday...

Bettis Academy and Junior College, established in 1881 and closed in 1952, is significant for its role in the primary, secondary, and higher education of African Americans in what is now Edgefield, Aiken, Greenwood, and Saluda Counties from the late...