SC Botanical Gardens
We explored the SC Botanical Gardens in Clemson and loved the many butterflies enjoying the flower in full bloom. These gardens are a must visit and worthy of a day or half-day visit exploring the many gardens, trails, and historic homes taking in the beautiful scenery. Of course, one must mention that these beautiful gardens were once a former plantation property donated by Thomas Green Clemson to develop an educational institution and Clemson University was first known as Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina.
Hanover House (built b/t 1714-16)
Hanover House is a French Huguenot house built in 1714-1716 and also located in the SC Botanical Gardens. The house has been moved a couple of times from its original location as a means to preserve it (see image below). Hanover house is also known as the St. Julien-Ravenel House and is truly a unique visit as gives a glimpses to life in the New World before the revolutionary war.
Old Stone Church, Clemson, SC (circa, 1802)
We came across this interesting structure and had to stop for a quick visit. This pre-antebellum example of life is beautiful and represents the ending of the frontier period in SC. Constructed (per recorded between 1797-1802), we enjoyed this short visit to both the church and cemetery. The historic church is also a venue for wedding ceremonies. Learn more about the Old Stone Church