Hanover House was built in 1716 for French Huguenot Paul de St. Julien in Berkeley County, S.C. St. Julien honored his French heritage in the mortar of one chimney where he inscribed, “Peu a Peu,” from the French proverb, “Little by little the bird builds its nest.” The house remained in the St. Julien and Ravenel families for nearly 150 years. The Historic American Buildings Survey of the Santee-Cooper basin noted that Hanover was of national significance. Threatened with flooding by Lake Moultrie in 1941, Hanover was preserved at Clemson University, home to the state’s architecture school. It was relocated to the South Carolina Botanical Garden in 1994 and overlooks an heirloom vegetable garden.
The Spartanburg Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America furnished Hanover museum with 18th and 19th century period artifacts. Hanover House is restored as a monument of early French Huguenot colonial structure. The museum interprets the lifestyles of Lowcountry South Carolina. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Hanover House is located in Clemson, S.C., near the intersection of U.S. 76 and Silas N. Pearman Boulevard in the South Carolina Botanical Garden, on the east side of the Clemson University campus. It is nine miles from I-85, two hours north of Atlanta and less than one hour south of Greenville, S.C. Click here for directions to Clemson.
Saturday 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Closed University holidays.
Additional hours by appointment.
An admission donation of $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $2 for children is suggested. School and tour groups by reservation only. Call 864-656-4789 to schedule a group tour.
Help preserve the house
Gifts may be donated for the preservation and restoration of Hanover House. Contact the Clemson Fund, 110 Daniel Drive, Clemson, S.C. 29634-5602, call 864-656-5896 or make a secure gift online.