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Emory School — Saluda, South Carolina

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This late-nineteenth century school building was built in 1890 across from Emory United Methodist Church in Saluda. The Emory School was established by Professor D.B. Bundy and graduated its first class of six students in 1896. The names of these students are memorialized in a plaque inside the building.

Emory School

Pete Lawrence of Sumter, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The school served students from the elementary level through high school and even briefly operated as a college in its early years. The last high school class graduated in 1937 when Saluda County consolidated its high schools.

Emory School

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The elementary school continued operating here until the 1950s. During this time, rural schools such as the Emory School closed, and students attended school in town.

Emry Schoolhouse Saluda

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Today the former school is maintained by the Emory Community Club. Meetings and events are now held within the school’s hallowed walls, and ongoing fundraising and renovation work keeps the historic building in pristine condition.

Emory School Saluda County

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Emory School Saluda

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Emory School

Many thanks to Ralph Shealy, who provided us with much of the above information. He shares with us that he is a member of Emory United Methodist Church and that his father and his family all attended the Emory School.

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Emory School Info

Address: 416 Forest Hills Road, Saluda, SC 29138
GPS Coordinates: 33.987695,-81.707031

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