City Directories and History: The original academy was located at the rear of the Willington Presbyterian Church and Academy.
“In the Ridgeway vicinity of Fairfield County stands Valencia, a name inspired by the historic home’s outlook over gently rolling hills, reminding the family of their travels to Valencia, Spain. Constructed in 1834 and occupied as a residence by the builder and his descendants for the past 145 years, Valencia and its surroundings remain as a distinctive example of an upcountry cotton plantation in antebellum South Carolina. Its builder was Edward Gendron Palmer, who attended Dr. Moses Waddel’s school at Willington, was graduated in 1819 from South Carolina College, and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1821. A leader in civic, political, and religious life, Palmer was influential in the building of railroads in upper South Carolina. He was also instrumental in the building, in 1854, of another property now listed in the National Register, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church.”
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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