Erskine College – Due West, South Carolina
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The Philomathean Literary Society Hall is one of the oldest buildings at Erskine College, which is located in the Abbeville County town of Due West. It was constructed in 1859 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style.
Erskine College is a Presbyterian liberal arts college founded in 1839. It was the first four-year, church-affiliated college in South Carolina. The Philomathean Literary Society Hall is part of the larger Erskine College-Due West Historic District, which is listed in the National Register:
The Erskine College-Due West Historic District, located in the small town of Due West in Abbeville County, South Carolina, consists of eighty-eight properties, which as a unit illustrate the development of the village and Erskine College from ca. 1840 to 1930. Included in the district are portions of the campus of Erskine College, the first four-year denominational college in the state. The college was founded in 1839 by the Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, whose early congregation played a large role in the formation of the village and college. Also included in the district are a residential section, containing many properties either at one time or presently associated with the college, and a commercial area. The varied architectural styles include Queen Anne, Neo-Classical, Greek Revival, Renaissance Revival, and bungalows, and their designs reveal an evolution of architecture from the early years of the area’s settlement to the early twentieth century. Most of the buildings in the district have been in continuous use. Listed in the National Register March 19, 1982.
Many thanks to Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, for sending us his photo of Erskine College. Bill enjoys the singular distinction of being the only person ever to have visited all 1,400 of South Carolina’s National Historic Landmarks. He has published several helpful e-books which serve as invaluable travel guides to the Palmetto State.
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Address: 2 Washington Street, Due West, SC 29639
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