A Feud, a Mule, a Senator, a Potter, and a Ghost Town or Two – Part Two

5 thoughts on “A Feud, a Mule, a Senator, a Potter, and a Ghost Town or Two – Part Two”

  1. Tom….I read all of your posts with great interest as you send them, and usually migrate to your suggested prior posts that “You might also like”, which is how I got to this one. In perusing it, I noticed your photo of the Furman Academy historical sign in Edgefield, which surprised me. I had been of the opinion that the first site of the Furman Academy and Theological Institution was located here, in Sumter County, where I live, and have been for years aware of a Historical Marker indicating that location here. I always learn from your publications. Now I know that our location here was the second site of the Academy. Dr. Richard Furman was closely connected to The High Hills of the Santee in Sumter County, having come here from NY as a child with his parents, and later as Pastor of the High Hills Baptist Church (still standing). Information on the location of this marker (a granite one on the site, a metal roadside one on the roadside near the site) can be found at:
    Both are readily seen on GoogleEarth street view.

    Thanks for fine tuning a bit of information for me….

    Bentley Fishburne

    1. Bentley, Furman (both the man and the college) moved several times. It was even at Winnsboro for awhile. I’ve had the privilege of visiting High Hills Baptist, and inside they have a historic display set up about Richard Furman and his contributions to the church.

  2. And again I learn – that this comment section will not accept copied and pasted link addresses, judging from its absence above. I’m going to try something else instead by copying the pertinent information to Word and pasting that here (it comes from Historic markers across South Carolina). If that doesn’t work, I will just give up on it and you can remove it when you moderate. So here’s to option 2:

    Marker ID: SCHM 43-22
    Location: From Sumter, travel NW on US 521 to SC 441 and turn left; travel a short distance and turn left on Road 803; it is a short distance to the marker
    County: Sumter
    Coordinates: N 33° 55.444 W 080° 20.656
    33.92406666 -80.34426666
    Style: Free Standing **

    Established by the S. C. Baptist Convention in 1825, Furman opened in Edgefield in 1826. Later sites were here at High Hills (1829 – 1834), Winnsboro (1837 – 1850), and Greenville in 1851 (now Furman University). In 1859 the theological department became the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, which moved to Louisville, Ky., in 1877.

    The Rev. Jesse Hartwell was director of this school at High Hills, which took its name from Dr. Richard Furman (1755 – 1825), noted patriot, theologian, and educator. A native of New York state, Furman moved to High Hills with his parents in 1770. The property here was given to Sumter County Historical Commission by Furman University in 1978.

    Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission – 1984

  3. Tom….It did, but it was a number of years since I had read it last. When you visited High Hills Baptist Church, you were 4.17 miles SW of the old Academy site (bearing of 52.76 degrees from church to academy).
    You really do get around for a recently retired man. I was looking around the net tonight and came across the SCIWAY posting with your photos of the church and, as usual, your photos are great. It really is a beautiful old church, and well maintained. Thanks again….Bentley

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