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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Hazel Cooper Griffin Glenn served as Shiloh School’s teacher and principal in 1942. In an interview with Ms. Glenn, we learn that the school was heated by fire and had no interior plumbing. We also learn that she taught about 20 students during her year and received $90 a month for being the teacher, $5 a month for being the principal, and “not anything for being the janitor!”
SCIWAY thanks contributors Courtney Jones and Cricket Jenkins, both of whom were instrumental in supplying us with information on this fascinating old school. We also thank Anderson County Museum curator Alison Hinman for information regarding Leuco Gunter’s study. Finally, we thank owners Wendell and Darlene Roach for the time they spent sharing stories about their home.
Old Shiloh School Info
Address: Intersection of US 29 and SC 412, Starr, SC 29684
GPS Coordinates: 34.389448,-82.807019
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