Downer Institute & School / Downer School, 1924-1986

Downer Institute & School / Downer School, 1924-1986 (HM6FT)

Location: Beech Island, SC 29842 Aiken County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 25.373', W 81° 51.643'

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Downer Institute & School
Downer Institute, founded in 1843, was originally located 1.5 mi. NE of this site and operated until 1865. It was named for benefactor Alexander Downer (1752-1820), whose will established an orphanage and school at Beech Island. By 1898 the General Assembly, at the request of Aiken County citizens, reestablished Downer School for the community at large; the school reopened in 1899.

Downer School, 1924-1986
Downer Elementary School, successor to the Downer Institute, stood here 1924-1950 and 1952-1986. A one-story school built here in 1924 replaced a two-story school constructed ? mi. SW in 1899, which burned in 1923-24. It burned in 1950 and was replaced by a second one-story school built in 1952, which served the Beech Island community until Downer Elementary School closed in 1986.
HM NumberHM6FT
Marker Number2?18
Year Placed2000
Placed ByThe Downer Fund Trustees
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 10:35am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 419979 N 3698500
Decimal Degrees33.42288333, -81.86071667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 25.373', W 81° 51.643'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 25' 22.38" N, 81° 51' 38.58" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 254-298 US-278, Beech Island SC 29842, US
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