Clemson Historical Sites
The City of Clemson and the surrounding areas are full of historical sites and beautiful scenery! Many of these places are free to visit and are open year round. For more information on historical sites in our community, please visit the following links:
Ashtabula House is a charming two-story clapboard house (c.1825) situated on ten acres of open ground and located approximately three miles east of Pendleton on SC Highway 88.
Fort Hill is the antebellum plantation of John C. Calhoun, 19th century South Carolina statesman, situated on Clemson University's campus.
The Hanover House was built in 1716 for French Huguenot Paul de St. Julien in Berkeley County, S.C. - likely by enslaved African laborers - and was primarily a rice plantation. It is now located in the South Carolina Botanical Gardens adjacent to Clemson University.
The SC National Heritage Corridor is a team of marketing and community development professionals with decades of experience specializing in marketing projects within South Carolina. Their website provides a variety of resources for things to see, do, and experience around the state of South Carolina.
The Hunt Cabin was built around 1826 by Charles Hunt Jr on a tract of land in Seneca, SC. The Cabin was scheduled to be torn down, but was purchased by the Clemson Class of 1915 for $35.00 and moved to Clemson College in 1955. It now sits at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens. (Legend has it that during the Civil War, General Sherman spent a night at the cabin, and thus spared it from the torch during his long campaign in the South.)
The Madren Center is 57,000-square-foot conference center offering the perfect space and versatility for all events. It is not in itself a historical site, but it does provide wonderful views of Lake Hartwell for those attending events, staying in the Martin Inn, enjoying dinner, or playing golf on the Walker Course.
The Old Stone Church is a Presbyterian church builty by Revolutionary War hero GeneralAndrew Pickens and others in 1797. The sanctuary was damaged by fire and is no longer in use, but stands watch over a fascinating cemetery where many pioneers are buried, including Pickens and his family.
South Carolina Botanical Garden began as a camellia collection in the 1950s and is now a 295-acre garden and natural area that is a refuge for life. We exist for enjoyment and education and are available and accessible to all people. Our grounds are open and free-of-charge 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset. The SCBG also hosts a variety of family friendly events throughout the year, some of which are free and some of which require an additional charge.
Woodburn Plantation is a graceful four-story clapboard plantation house (c.1830) conveniently located on twelve acres of land just off of US76