Category Archives: South Carolina

The Wonder of Life, Spartanburg County

In Spartanburg, South Carolina’s Greenlawn Cemetery, there is an impressive monument, sculpted by Bernard Zimmerman , called “The Wonder of Life.” Commissioned by the cemetery, it’s one of the largest monuments I’ve seen in a lawn cemetery. Each sculpted figure (18 in total) represents different aspects of life. It was restored a a few years ago, and the trees that surrounded it were removed.

Calvary Episcopal Church, Spartanburg County

Founded in 1848, the Calvary Episcopal Church is in the former resort town, Glenn Springs, started by John B. Glenn who had a mineral spring on his property. This Carpenter Gothic church was built in 1897. It lists as part of the Glenn Springs Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Smith House, Spartanburg County

Located in historic Glenn Springs, this transitional Greek Revival home belonged to Lillie Mae and Bill Smith. It’s still in the family, and they do have a desire to restore. I understand there is a grand staircase in the home. I highly recommend a visit to the town because of the historic buildings there.

Carroll School, York County

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018, the Carroll School sits in York County, South Carolina. The three-teacher type Rosenwald school stayed open until 1954. Restored within the last few years, the Rock Hill school district uses it as a place to educate fifth-grade students about segregation and education in South Carolina.

Hannah Rosenwald School, Newberry County

The Hannah Rosenwald School is affiliated with the Hannah AME Church in Newberry, South Carolina. It is a three-teacher school that was built in 1924. It was originally known as the Utopia School, named for the local community where it was built. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Hope Rosenwald School, Newberry County

Built in 1925 for $2,200, the Hope School located in Pomaria, South Carolina is a two-teacher plan school. The school was open until 1954, but then it was closed after the consolidation of public schools. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Principal’s House and Teacherage, Greenville County

The Fountain Inn Principal’s House and Teacherage is a home and teacherage (a home for schoolteachers) located in Greenville County, South Carolina. It is last remaining building of an educational complex built for the Black children of Fountain Inn. The Rosenwald database does not mention how much the building cost. It opened in 1935 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.