The Schools of Edgefield and Saluda Counties

3 thoughts on “The Schools of Edgefield and Saluda Counties”

  1. I found all this very interesting as I too have paternal roots from Pottersville, Saluda, Sardis & Emory. Many of my ancestors attended “field schools” or were privately tutored. My grandmother attended Emory School with her siblings. My great-grandmother built one of the first schools in Saluda after the town was formed in 1896…
    I do want to point out that the photo of the home on your blog on Penn Creek Road was built by my grandfather in the early 1950’s. It was .designed by a Greenwood, S.C. architect as a “solar-passive” home.

  2. I grew up in the Sardis community and I have many ancestors who attended Sardis school. I have an old photo of my grandfather as a young student at the Sardis school in 1902. If you’re ever back in the area and want to get inside the Emory school, just contact Ralph Shealy, the editor-in-chief of the Saluda Standard-Sentinel. He’s a long-time member and choir director at Emory Methodist Church, and I’m sure he can get you inside.

  3. The old Tompkins is still standing off of Meeting Street. I have been to it a few times. My cousin attended it and he talks about it.

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