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Old Shiloh School

Old Shiloh School – Starr, South Carolina


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Please note that the old Shiloh School sits on private property and suffers from extensive termite damage. Its owner, a cattle farmer who also runs Wendell’s Dippin Branch, is contemplating tearing it down because trespassers routinely come on his property and enter the building, which is not safe. If you would like to see the old school remain, please do not intrude without permission.

Old Shiloh School in Starr

Blake Lewis of Greenwood, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Known as the old Shiloh School, this beloved landmark is located in Anderson County outside the community of Starr, near the juncture of US 29 and SC 412 (Rainey Road). The area was once known as Holland Store.

The three-room school building usually staffed two teachers, though there were years when it employed only one teacher and years when it hired up to three. Shiloh was ranked a “first class rural graded school” due to its adequate supply of properly-sized desks and chairs, as well as the sufficient quality of its blackboard, as noted by Furman University professor Lueco Gunter in his 1918 study of Anderson County’s schools.

Anderson School House

Jessica Leigh Gentry, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Lake Hartwell construction project began in 1955 and lasted until 1963, and many claim that the school was moved from its original location to the pasture where it now rests to avoid flooding. However, this is untrue. As seen in this excerpt from SCDOT’s 1937 survey of Anderson County, Shiloh School has been sitting in the same place – at the juncture of US 29 and SC 412 – since at least that time.

1936 map

SCIWAY, Edited Excerpt © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Shiloh School Info


Address: Intersection of US 29 and SC 412, Starr, SC 29684

Old Shiloh School Map



Old Shiloh School – Add Info and More Photos


The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Old Shiloh School, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


13 Comments about Old Shiloh School

KushreetNo Gravatar says:
October 10th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

The Shiloh School house was used in a story called Shiloh.

RogerNo Gravatar says:
November 21st, 2012 at 11:14 am

The school was built in 1882 and was stopped being used as a school in 1901 because of structural failure, as you can see in the picture.

AsheleyeNo Gravatar says:
October 31st, 2012 at 10:14 am

I live here and oh, by the way I love this place. This is a place I go to every day, and thank you for posting this pic. Today I will go and check out the inside and post some pics for you to look at!

Cricket JenkinsNo Gravatar says:
June 29th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

I’m a little late to the party, but a couple of observations … the school building is located on private land – in fact, in the middle of a cow pasture. It was moved there from its original location which is now under water with the making of Lake Hartwell in 1962. It is one of my favorite subjects to photograph and paint.

I want to thank Joanne Brown Revell for so kindly mentioning me and linking to my Flickr page. I’ll bet there are a minimum of six pics of Shiloh School on my pages.

I would also like to thank SCIWAY for supplying the Regional Directory link within this discussion! I am the Webmaster (I prefer Webographer!) for the Appalachian Council of Governments and the Regional Directory is one of my creations. Glad to see it is being used!

Wow… two seemingly unrelated connections tied to me showing up in a single discussion! That must be a record!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 26th, 2011 at 9:07 am

Hi Mark! Shiloh School is located on private property, so we do recommend contacting someone from the Town of Starr just to be on the safe side. You can find contact information on the following page:

http://regionaldirectory.scacog.org/starr.aspx

Good luck!

Mark HammondNo Gravatar says:
September 24th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hi — I was wondering if it’s legal, or if i could obtain permission to metal detect on the school grounds for older coins. I would share my findings. Thank you!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 23rd, 2011 at 8:32 am

Wow! THANK YOU Joanne for your detective work and great comment. SCIWAY relies so much on the knowledge of our visitors for some of our information, and your comment certainly answers a lot of questions about this beautiful old school. Thank you again!

Joanne Brown RevellNo Gravatar says:
February 22nd, 2011 at 6:08 pm

This is in answer to your post from September 15, 2010:

I live in Florence County, SC, but have family in Anderson County, and had wondered for some time if this school was under Lake Hartwell or if it had been moved. On my last trip to the area with my sister (Fall 2010) we took off down Highway 412 from Highway 81 and found this old school and we were thrilled to death. I just snapped a few pictures from out on the highway (mine were nothing special.) This is a nice photo you have of it posted here.

Also, I recently found some great photos others had taken on flicker.com, along with this bit of information about the school:

> A video of a short interview with Hazel Glenn, principal of Shiloh School in 1942, which shows some interior shots of the building. In 1942, Hazel Glenn was the teacher and principal of the Shiloh School, which can still be seen from US 29. http://www.independentmail.com/videos/detail/hazel-glenn-and-shiloh-school/

> Posted by Carolina Shots — Cricket (Lynne Jenkins):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolinashots/2613695652/in/photostream/

She has two other views of it as well, in her photo stream, along with other great shots of the area. That part of the state is simply beautiful beyond words.

Thank you for SCIWAY! I enjoy visiting your website very much. I’d love to see more information, pictures, and maps from the old days in Anderson and Abbeville Counties.

JacobNo Gravatar says:
October 11th, 2010 at 9:16 am

Cool picture!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 15th, 2010 at 2:46 pm

How interesting! It must be extremely old, as we were not able to find much information about the school either. Hopefully, another SCIWAY visitor will be able to pass along a bit of knowledge about this school in the future. Thank you so much for your comment!

Neil RoachNo Gravatar says:
September 15th, 2010 at 11:52 am

My mother-in-law who is 80 was raised in the Shiloh community and was married at Shiloh Baptist Church. Her father was on the school board, and she says she does not remember the old school ever being used in her lifetime. I wonder how old the building is?

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
September 1st, 2010 at 11:27 am

We’re so glad you like it!

JennyNo Gravatar says:
September 1st, 2010 at 11:23 am

I really love this picture. I hope to see this in person one day soon! Thank you for sharing!

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