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Morgan Square – Spartanburg, South Carolina


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Morgan Square is the center of Spartanburg‘s downtown business district; it is located at the intersection of Main and Magnolia Streets.

Morgan Square

Larry Dent of Spartanburg, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Originally known as Public Square, this gathering spot dates back to 1787. It was renamed Morgan Square in 1881, when the US Congress gave $23,000 to help commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens. Toward this end, Spartanburg erected a statue of General Daniel Morgan, the battle’s hero. You can see the statue of General Morgan in the photos above and below – he is standing proudly next to the iconic Spartanburg town clock.

Morgan Statue in Spartanburg's Morgan Square

Ann Helms of Spartanburg © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Incidentally, the statue of Morgan has been moved around the square several times. The general now stands very close to his original location. Spartanburg’s town clock, sometimes called the ‘Heartbeat of Spartanburg’, is also located in Morgan Square. It was constructed in the late 1870s and was part of the old Opera House that once stood in the square.

Morgan Square Spartanburg

Edward Bolds of Greer, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Much of this area is listed in the National Historic Register. Spartanburg went through a period of prosperity from 1880 through 1920 thanks to its booming textile and railroad industries, and many of the buildings reflect the designs of that era. Even though some of them have undergone extensive renovations, Morgan Square still maintains its historic integrity and character.

Spartanburg Town Clock in Morgan Square

Christine Kuzmich of Spartanburg, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Morgan Square


Contributor Edward Bolds shares about his above photo: “This is Spartanburg’s ‘Old Town Clock,’ a prominent landmark in Morgan Square, first installed in 1881. The image was captured during a brilliant, late-summer sunset in 2010. This is one of many unique town clocks present in many cities and towns throughout the state.”

Add your own reflections here.



Morgan Square Info


Address: West Main Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306
GPS Coordinates: 34.949716,-81.932169

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2 Comments about Morgan Square

Don SwitzerNo Gravatar says:
May 26th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I spent a week in and around Spartanburg in 2009 doing genealogical research in the City’s wonderful Library, and I found both the area and the People to be most inviting. Part of this experience, a most memorable and warm part, was Morgan Square. That physical location, I later found, played a role in the history of my family–which, back in the Nineteenth Century–before the Civil War, regularly carried on a business there.

ellisNo Gravatar says:
November 30th, 2012 at 9:23 am

A very beautiful place





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