City Directories and History: “Zimmerman, John Conrad of “Rosemount,” Fairforest Creek, plantation and Glenn Springs. Born Sept. 26, 1802 (S.C.) ; married Mar. 24, 1825, Selina Pierce Wannamaker (Sept. 26, 1810- June 6, 1889) ; died July 3, 1875. Church: Episcopalian (Warden, Calvary, Glenn Springs). Public Service: Commissioner of Free Schools. Other: Cotton mill owner. Slaves: 107 (Spartanburg District).”
The Last Foray, C. Gaston Davidson, SC Press – 1971
R&R NOTE: A remarkable piece of architecture, ca. 1854 beautifully constructed with handsome interior mantels, moldings, doors and finishes. The original walls and ceilings have in many cases been covered with newer finished materials but ample evidence of the historic character of the fine home remain. One of the features setting this house apart are the oval plaster ceiling motifs and double front porches. The house was constructed at one time, not over a period of years, and as is routine, public space finishes are richly appointed and the working sections of the house are plain and unadorned.
Another extremely unusual aspect of construction was the use of oval corner foundations, squared to the outside but curved from one corner to the other on the rear. R&R’s preservationist had never seen this used in any of the over 1,000 S.C. dwellings documented to date.
Glenn Springs Historic District is located in the community of Glenn Springs, which is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The history of the community focuses around the reputation of the mineral springs for their medicinal value and the related development of a popular resort hotel. The district contains nineteen properties, including several residences, two boarding houses, the ruins of a residence, two churches, a store, a post office, a pavilion, a cemetery, and the site of the Glenn Springs Hotel. Historically, the district represents the nineteenth and early twentieth century (ca. 1840-ca. 1940) development of Glenn Springs as a health resort and the community that grew up around it. Several buildings in the district are of local architectural significance as well, representing various vernacular and high styles of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow. Listed in the National Register November 4, 1982. (Courtesy of the S.C. Dept. of Archives and History)
R&R suggests for additional information on any of the historic properties shown at Glenn Springs, view Glenn Springs Historic District.
The Spartanburg Farmers’ Alliance is one of the largest in the State. The best farmers in the county are members and the rolls are increasing. The chief officers are: N.F. Walker of Cedar Springs, president; H.E. Williams of Glenn Springs, secretary; F.S. Smith of Glenn Springs, treasurer; executive committee, R.M. Smith of Reidville, S.T.D. Lancaster of Glenn Springs, and J.R. Dadgett of Poole’s. The Alliance is well organized and has headquarters and a supply depot in Spartanburg. From there all the Sub-Alliances are supplied with merchandise. The manager of the depot is W. McK. Zimmerman. The Alliance store, 120 feet long and 30 feet wide, is directly under the Merchants’ Hotel. In it can always be purchased the best grades of farm and home supplies and a very large business is carried on. (Reprinted from South Carolina in the 1880s: A Gazetteer by J.H. Moore, Sandlapper Publishing Company – 1989)
The Yorkville Enquirer of March 22, 1883 reported – “William E. Parker has died, who was part prop. of the Merchants Hotel in Spartanburg.”
SEE IMAGE GALLERY BELOW – 2019
THE GREGORY – JOHNS VIDEO AND MORE: The family acquired the house in the 1940’s (according to the video history – 1939), it was in somewhat of disrepair and spent
lots of time and money over the years fixing it up. Edith and Dupree, Edith’s brothers, just had regular jobs as bookkeepers, so it took a while to get the money together, however they did live kind of a spartan life, so they didn’t spend much on anything else. The house is known as the Zimmerman House, originally built in 1854. The house is in Glenn Springs and the family lived here most of their lives. I don’t know if the original house Eloise talked about in the tape is still standing, I never saw it. Eloise lived just down the road in a house her husband built after he got back from WWII, I inherited that house and sold it and the land a while back, it was just a simple little two bedroom, one bath place. Notes by Peter Krenn – 2019
***See additional information on the Gregory Family by linking to the Glenn Springs Community page – right. And enjoy the video this page.
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