Tag Archives: Spartanburg County

Reidville Academy Girls Dorm-Reidville, South Carolina

Initially a dorm for the girls who attended the Reidville Cemale Academy, it later became a teacher age (housing for teachers). Built in 1858, it shares some simple Second Empire details. It’s mansard roof can’t be seen in these photos.

The school building for the Female Academy no longer stands.

Reference: Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of South Carolina. A history of Spartanburg county. [Spartanburg]: Band & White.

Reidville Academy Faculty House-Reidville, South Carolina

First built as housing for the principal of the Reidville Male Academy, this Greek Revival home evolved into a teacherage. Built in 1858, the house has also served as a private residence and museum.

Abner Creek Baptist Church-Spartanburg County, South Carolina

This log cabin home was moved to the cemetery of the modern Abner Creek Baptist Church. According to the church’s website, William and Sarah Hendrix who had built a log cabin home and obtained several land grants in the Abner Creek area invited their neighbors into their home for the purpose of organizing a church of their own so they would not have to travel so far and could attend more regularly. There were not many houses and they were far apart. After meeting several times, 21 people thought it was an excellent idea and committed to supporting the church and became charter members. Thus Abner Creek Baptist Church was born on September 26, 1832!

Foster’s Tavern-Spartanburg, South Carolina

A private residence now, this home began as a lodge and tavern in 1808. Construction of the home began in 1801 and is built with handmade bricks. It was a well-known stagecoach stop, and it was the last stop before people would head to the Glenn Springs resort town.

As a kid growing up in Spartanburg, there were always stories of this place being haunted. As an adult, I don’t believe in the existence of ghosts, but I remember peering out the car windows and looking up at the house to see if a ghost would appear. I never saw one, but I had many friends who claimed they did.

The home is in amazing condition which is a testament to the people who built this home. Another remarkable aspect of this home is that it has been continuously occupied since 1808. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Jammie Seay House-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Jammie Seay was a Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia who relocated to Spartanburg after the war. The Seay House was built sometime between 1780-1800. It is the oldest house in the Spartanburg city limits. The rear ell and porch were later additions.