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Historical Roadside Markers

Images & Compiling by: Anne Sheriff

23 Feb 2013





General Information



J. Tracy Power, Coordinator

South Carolina Historical Marker Program

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

8301 Parklane Road

Columbia, S.C. 29223



The South Carolina Historical Marker Program:


The South Carolina Historical Marker Program, originally the South Carolina Highway Historical Marker Program, was authorized by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly in 1905 creating the Historical Commission of South Carolina with authority "to have direction and control of the marking of historic sites, or houses, or localities." The program was officially established in 1936 when a marker was erected near the site of the Long Cane Massacre near Troy, in McCormick County. More than 1,000 markers have been erected by the program since that time. Since 1954 the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, as the successor state agency to the Historical Commission of South Carolina, has been responsible for the program as part of the Historical Services Division. The enabling legislation creating the Department of Archives and History gave it the responsibility for "the approval of the inscriptions for all historical

markers or other monuments erected on state highways or other state property."


South Carolina Historical Markers mark and interpret places important to an understanding of South Carolina's past, either as the sites of significant events or as historic properties like buildings, sites, structures, or other resources significant for their design or association with institutions or individuals significant in local, state, or national history. Historic properties individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places are ordinarily eligible for historical markers, as that listing guarantees that a case has already been made for their significance. However, many other places not eligible or not yet nominated for listing in the National Register are also eligible for historical markers. National or statewide significance is not a prerequisite, and many properties of primarily local significance have already been marked.


In the past, markers were placed along the nearest South Carolina state highway and contained references to the location of the place being marked, usually some distance away. More recently, markers have been erected as close to the historic site as possible, either on state highways and on other public streets or roads.


Without state funding, the Historical Marker program has always depended on the citizens of South Carolina to suggest, document, sponsor and pay for its historical markers, and to maintain them once erected. Markers may be sponsored by historical, patriotic, civic, or other organizations, or by institutions such as church congregations or schools and colleges. Though individuals may not sponsor markers, they may propose and pay for them provided the marker is sponsored by an appropriate local organization or institution.


Program Guidelines:


South Carolina Historical Markers are intended to mark historic places and are not primarily memorials to individuals or institutions associated with those places.


Historic properties less than twenty-five years old, associated with events that occurred less than twenty-five years ago, or significant for their association with significant persons who died less than twenty-five years ago will not ordinarily be eligible for historical markers. Any exceptions will only be made on a case-by-case basis after review by the Archives and History Commission.


The sites of significant buildings no longer standing may be eligible for historical markers under the same criteria as other historic properties. Historic properties or sites closely associated with significant persons may be marked primarily for that association only if:


a.) the property is the property or site in the state which best represents the individual's community of birth or residence, productive career, association with a particular institution, or association with a significant event, and


b.) no other site in South Carolina closely associated with the individual and marked primarily for that association has already been marked.


Sites of significant events should be marked, when possible, on the nearest public street, county road, or state highway.


Counties, cities, or towns may erect markers based on their establishment or date of incorporation.

Cemeteries may be eligible for a single marker based on their significance to a particular community, significant persons buried there, their association with significant events, or their significance in gravestone art or cemetery design, but individual gravestones, gravesites, or plots within cemeteries will not be eligible for historical markers.


Individual components of a historic property already marked as an entity will not be eligible for historical markers.



Abbeville County



Anderson County






4-24, African American School Site:


4-25, Anderson: "The Electric City"


4-18, Anderson Mills: (no image)


4-15, Ashtabula:


4-9, Barkers Creek Church:


 4-10, Bee, Barnard Elliott:


 4-3, Big Creek Baptist Church:


 4-26, Bolt's Cotton Gin, Oliver:


 4-27, Carnegie Library:


4-17, Clemson, Thomas Green (1807-1888):


4-8, Confederate Skirmish:


4-33, Dean:


4-4, Farmers Hall:


4-30, Grace Episcopal Church:


4-31, Generostee A.R.P. Church:


 4-5, Good Hope Church:


 4-32, Good Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery:


4-2, High Shoals:


4-14, Hopewell Cemetery, Old:


 4-13, Hopewell Church:


 4-12, Johnson, William Bullein (1782-1862):


4-19, Moffettsville:


4-34, Nazareth on the Beaverdam Presbyterian Church:


4-22, Pendleton:


 4-24, Pickens Cemetery:


 4-1, Portman Shoals:


4-6, Printer, John Miller:


 4-23, Roberts Church:


 4-28, Sandy Springs Camp Ground:


 4-21, Simpson, Richard W.:


4-7, St. John's Methodist Church:


4-29, Stevens, Clement Hoffman:


Townville Presbyterian Church: (no description)


4-11, University Hill:


4-16, Williamston Female College:


4-20, Woodburn Plantation:



Oconee County






Bartram Trail, William (Traced 1773-1777): (no image) 

37-6, Earle (1760-1833), Capt. Samuel:


37-1, First Soil Conservation District Plan:

37-5, Keowee Town: (no image)

Presbyterian Church, Old: (missing description)



37-2, Saint John's Lutheran Church:

37-4, Seneca:

37-3, The Cherokee Path:


Pickens County






 39-11, Bowen's Mill:

Colhoun, John E. (no description)


 39-10, Clemson University:

 39-2, Fort Hill:

39-4, Hopewell:

 39-9, Integration With Dignity, 1963:

39-5, Keowee:

 39-6, Lever, Asbury F. (1875-1940):

 39-7, Oolenoy Baptist Church:

39-1, Pickensville:

 39-8, Pumpkintown:

39-3, Stone Church Graveyard, Old: