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Pine Grove School — St. George, South Carolina


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This structure has stood in rural St. George for over a century. Built as a schoolhouse for local white children in 1915, it stands as a testament to the strength of cypress and pine, its main components.

Pine Grove St. George

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Grant Mishoe of Summerville, who introduced us to this site, elaborates on the history of the building. Called Pine Grove School, he says it is the “oldest example of country school architecture in Dorchester County.”

Pine Grove School Interior

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Mishoe goes on to note that the building rests on 18 large squared brick piers. He writes, “The teachers were Miss Eddie Sweet of St. George from 1915 through 1921, Miss Ida (sometimes recorded as Ada) Crider of St. George from 1922 through 1924, and Mrs. Carrie Smoak Berry of St. George from 1925 through 1929. The school closed before the 1930 school year as other consolidated, larger, and ‘more modern’ schools were built. It has been used as a dwelling sometime in its 100 years. A porch has been added to the back. Most of it and the right rear and chimney have collapsed in on itself. It is in a very rural location on private property.”

Pine Grove Saint George

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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More Pictures of Pine Grove School


Pine Grove Schoolhouse

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pine Grove School Side

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pine Grove School St. George

Grant Mishoe of Summerville, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent


Pine Grove School Info


Address: Pine Grove Road, St. George, SC 29477
GPS Coordinates: 33.141041,-80.568123


Pine Grove School Map





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One Comment about Pine Grove School

Liz Johnson Shea says:
June 19th, 2016 at 8:12 pm

I am looking for Pine Grove School that was in Smoaks, SC in the years 1917 and still in 1925. I have photos that I would like to find more information on.




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