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Historic Properties

Historical Properites, Fort Hill, Calhoun Mansion, Clemson University South Carolina

The future of Clemson University is rooted in its past, back to the days when Thomas Green Clemson and his wife Anna Calhoun Clemson called Fort Hill their home. It was in this house that they dreamed of a “high seminary of learning” for South Carolina. What began as discussions between a husband and wife in this historic house has grown into one of the nation’s leading public universities.

Historic Properties looks to preserve the parts of campus that played a role in shaping our past. With your support, we can use our past as a bridge to the future.

The management of Fort Hill — home of John C. Calhoun and Thomas G. Clemson —is Historic Properties’ primary mission. In addition to Fort Hill, the group maintains the Hanover House, located in the South Carolina Botanical Garden, as an historic house museum.

The Historic Properties has been an advocate of campuswide historic preservation, and the director serves as a University liaison to the State Historic Preservation Office. An Historic Properties Alumni Advisory Committee supports the goals of the department, including preservation planning for Hopewell, home of General Andrew Pickens, known as the Cherry Farm house.

Plan to Attend

Clemson hopes you’ll attend the Historical Families Reunion. Any relative of the Clemson, Calhoun, Pickens, Ravenel families is welcome to attend. Download invitation.


Fort Hill preserves era marked by tension of coming war

Thomas Green Clemson — a new biography of the University’s founder.
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October 28, 2010 — Celebrate Clemson University history at Legacy Day