Angelus School – Jefferson, South Carolina

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These haunting photos from the Town of Jefferson in Chesterfield County show the ruins of an old school destroyed by fire on the morning of December 1, 2013. The school served children in grades 1 though 12. The building was converted into a community center after it ceased being a school.

Angelus School

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Authorities are still unsure how the fire began but say the building was irreparably destroyed. The wooden structure shown below was the former school’s gymnasium. Miraculously, it was spared by the blaze.

Angelus School Gym

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

This rural area is technically in the town of Jefferson, but locals refer to it as Macedonia-Angelus. Directly below is a photo taken of the school in the 1990s.

Angelus School Chesterfield County

Donna Edgeworth of Scranton, 1990s © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Old Angelus School

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Macedonia Angelus Center

James Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Contributor Jim Jenkins, who provided the photos, also was able to locate some images of the school and gymnasium (bottom photo) from between 1935 and 1950 from the South Carolina State Insurance Division:

Angelus School Historic

SC Department of Archives and History, 1940s © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Angelus Gym Historic

SC Department of Archives and History, 1940s © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

We are looking for more information on the old school. If you have a story about Macedonia-Angelus or these buildings in particular, please send it to the South Carolina Picture Project so we can add it to this page. Thank you!

Reflections on the Angelus School

Valued contributor Jim Jenkins, who took the above photos, shares the following about Angelus School: “One of the buildings still standing was an old gym. I played basketball in this gym as a visitor in the early 1950s. Most every community in Chesterfield County that had a high school had a basketball team. The gym at Angelus is the only wooden gym I can recall. I knew the wooden gym was still standing when I passed by years ago, but I was surprised to find it still there on Monday.

“The community is called Macedonia-Angelus today. My mother’s family lived in that area when they were growing up, and the younger members of the family attended Angelus School. I believe the building that burned was a newer building than the one my mother’s family attended. The area serves as a recreation site today, and you can see ball fields behind the school that burned.”

Add your own reflections here.

Angelus School Info

Address: 1859 Macedonia-Angelus Road, Jefferson, SC 29718

Angelus School Map

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3 Comments about Angelus School

Marceline (Mack) Edgeworth AllenNo Gravatar says:
February 18th, 2015 at 6:42 pm

I attended school there from 1945 until 1953 when we were consolidated with McBee. I played on the playgrounds; softball; basketball, horseshoes and anything else we could find to do. The school was bigger than life when we were kids and we formed many lasting friendships over the years. Was sad to see the buildings burned out. If those walls could talk!

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
December 8th, 2014 at 9:06 am

That would be wonderful!

george byrd,jrNo Gravatar says:
December 5th, 2014 at 3:45 pm

I have pictures of the class of the class of 1925 and misc. sports teams. The senior class was composed of five(5) members. I hope to email these along with other area pictures soon. George Byrd, Jr.


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