Murchison School

Murchison School (HMPGY)

Location: Bennettsville, SC 29512 Marlboro County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 36.87', W 79° 40.923'

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Side A
The Murchison School, built in 1902, was named for John D. Murchison (1826-1892), a merchant and the first mayor of Bennettsville. It was given to the city in his memory by his widow, former teacher Harriet Murchison Beckwith (1855-1927). This Romanesque Revival school features a central bell tower with a terra cotta tablet over its ornate arched entrance. It was designed by Denver architect John J. Huddart and built by contractor W.T. Wilkins of Florence.

Side B
Murchison School was an elementary and high school from 1902 to 1918, when Bennettsville High School was built next to it, and an elementary school from 1918 until it closed in 1989. The auditorium has hosted many civic events, club meetings, and theater productions. During World War II its balcony was renovated to house a dual library for this school and Bennettsville High after the high school burned. The balcony was later restored to its original appearance.
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HM NumberHMPGY
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Marker Number35-35
Year Placed2008
Placed ByThe Marlborough Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 7:45am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 620830 N 3831083
Decimal Degrees34.61450000, -79.68205000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.87', W 79° 40.923'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 52.20" N, 79° 40' 55.38" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 S Marlboro St, Bennettsville SC 29512, US
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