Abbeville Square

Abbeville Square (HM7T3)

Location: Abbeville, SC 29620 Abbeville County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 10.65', W 82° 22.733'

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A Stately County Square

The heart of Abbeville's Historic District is the magnificent tree-shaded Court Square. Located here is the replica of the original Confederate Monument erected in August, 1906 by the Daughters of the Confederacy, an old iron bell once used as the town fire alarm, and the Humane Society Alliance Fountain. We hope you'll take time to visit the many significant historic buildings that stand watch over the Square while in Abbeville.

Belmont Inn
Opened in 1903 as the Eureka Hotel, this "Spanish style" structure with its broad verandas catered to "drummers" (salesmen) of the textile trade. In its heyday the Inn also hosted the performers from the Opera House next door. Closed in the early 1970s, it was reopened in 1984.

Trinity Episcopal Church
Located just off the Square down a paved brick street, Trinity was consecrated in 1860. Its 128-foot spire dominates the skyline and the church is known for its "pink" stucco Gothic construction.

Abbeville Opera House
Designed by Edwards and Walter of Atlanta, the City Hall/Opera House and County Courthouse were dedicated on October 1, 1908. Nine days later the first show opened, "The Great Divide." Abbeville was a railway stopover for "road companies" traveling the eastern seaboard from New York and became well known for its live performances by big names of the times. During the 1920s talking movies replaced live theatre and by the early 1960s it closed. In 1968 the Opera House was restored and continues to offer live theatre during the season.

Old Bank Building
This structure was built around 1858 and opened after the Civil War as a branch of the Bank of South Carolina. The two-story stucco brick structure survived the devastating fires of the 1970s and is one of the oldest buildings in town. Today it serves as the Welcome Center for Abbeville. However from 1865 until 1996 it served as a bank and was given to the town by National Bank (now Bank of America).

Humane Society Alliance Fountain
Originally conceived by Minnie Maddern Fiske, an actress and activist, the Humane Society Alliance mission was to improve the lot of workhorses. The five ton fountain was installed in 1912 and features a unique design, which includes an upper bowl for horses and small cups for dogs and cats.

Abbeville County Courthouses
This is the sixth courthouse built in Abbeville, which was designed in the beaux-style by Edwards and Walter and dedicated with the Opera House in 1908.
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HM NumberHM7T3
Series This marker is part of the South Carolina: South Carolina Heritage Corridor series, and the South Carolina: Abbeville Historical Sites Tour series.
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Placed BySouth Carolina Heritage Corridor
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 4:15pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 372924 N 3782696
Decimal Degrees34.17750000, -82.37888333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 10.65', W 82° 22.733'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 10' 39.00" N, 82° 22' 43.98" W
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Area Code(s)864
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-125 Court Square, Abbeville SC 29620, US
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