Tag Archives: Spartanburg County

Bon Haven-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Built in 1884, Bon Haven was a Second Empire home that was built by John Cleveland, a founder and trustee of Converse College and trustee of Wofford College. It once stood on North Church Street. Unbeknownst to some, John’s brother, Jesse, built a twin home on Howard Street (photo at the end of page). Growing up in Spartanburg, I remember riding by this house and getting glimpses of it through the trees. I was always in awe of it.

The home was demolished in 2017. The loss of this home is one of the greatest to Spartanburg’s history and architecture. The Jesse Cleveland home was demolished to build Cleveland Junior High school.

The home is well-documented as there was an attempt to save it. For more detailed exterior photos and interior photos, see the photos by Lisa Jones at Country Living and a video by the architectural salvage firm.

1903 image of the home before the renovation added columns and the portico
Jesse Cleveland’s home

Photos courtesy of:

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

Spartanburg Public Library Digital Archive Collection

Glenn Springs Hotel-Glenn Springs, South Carolina

If you are from Spartanburg County, you might have heard about the healing waters of Glenn Springs that attracted thousands of people a year. The Glenn Springs Hotel was built in 1831 to cater to these visitors. It was destroyed by fire in 1941.

A train would bring vacationers to the Glenn Springs Station. A caravan would bring visitors and their luggage to the hotel. It was a vacation place for the elite and well-connected. Advertisements were placed around the country to attract visitors.

Photo information:

1. Public domain image from the South Carolina Digital Library’s postcard collection

2. Landrum, J. B. O. (1900). History of Spartanburg County: embracing an account of many important events, and biographical sketches of statesmen, divines and other public men … Atlanta, Ga.: The Franklin prtg. and pub. co..

3. info coming

4. Hayward, A. C.(1961, May 28). Glenn Springs: S. C.’s legendary fountain of youth. The State. p.C1.

5. 1911, June 18 issue of The State

Courthouse-Spartanburg, South Carolina

I grew up in Spartanburg and decided to look for old photos in public domain books. It pains me that Spartanburg got rid of the building.

The above building replaced this one.

Reference: Landrum, J. B. (1900). History of Spartanburg County. The Franklin Printing and Publishing Company.

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany-Spartanburg, South Carolina

Spartanburg County

Built in 1893, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located just off downtown Spartanburg. It’s one of the few Black Episcopal congregations left in the South. Prior to the pandemic, The State wrote an article on how the congregation continues to shrink. At the time of the article, six people were in attendance at the service covered by the newspaper.