City Directories and History: The Furman University campus was originally begun in Fairfield County, S.C. and moved here. Enjoy seeing its early history at History Threads (right)!
Academy Spring was a favorite spot on the campus of the Female Academy, later to become the Greenville Female Academy, then Greenville Women’s College, and lastly Furman University. Here the young ladies could stroll with their dates without getting off the campus. The spring was behind the old building, and its waters flowed down a small branch which increased in size as other tributaries joined h, David P. Verner, a Greenville attorney, lived in 1883 on the left-hand side of Old Buncombe Road just beyond the American Spinning Company. This was the location of Verner Springs, a favorite resort for picnics in the old days. This area was also known as Verner Springs Heights. David Verner
bottled and sold water from this spring. In 1907, evidently after Mr. Verner died, C. C. Good operated Verner Springs Water Company. Later it was sold to Charles Ellis, owner of the Coca-Cola Company, which produced here carbonated drinks of several flavors. Another name connected with David Verner is the Verner Springs Road, a two-block- long street running west from 2901 Buncombe Road. There is also a Sulphur Springs Drive, running west from 1204 Buncombe Road, but I have been unable to locate this spring. until it was known as Academy Creek. Flowing into the creek was water from several springs emerging from the hillside up to Stone and Earle Streets. One of these springs was just below Earle Street in the vicinity of the old Middleton Home, built before 1813.
Greenville Male and Female Academies—Greenville—1821—Built on tract of land donated by Vardry McBee and by public subscription of citizens. Two brick buildings cost about $5,000. Among the instructors were: Dr. W. B. Johnson, Robert McKay, Rev. Hodges, Mr. Leary, Mr. Hallenquist, and Miss Charlotte Paine. Graduates of these schools included: Ben F. Perry, later Governor of the state; George Townes and the Croft brothers, who were to become famous citizens of nineteenth-century South Carolina. The Male Academy ceased operation about 1852 after Furman University was established with its preparatory department. The Female Academy continued until 1854, at which time the trustees deeded the land to the South Carolina Baptists to establish a Female College on the site which became Greenville Female College, now merged with Furman University.
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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