Cokesbury College, Hodges SC

An historical gem in the Greenwood community region and the upstate region, Cokesbury College (1854) and the surrounding Cokesbury community– represent an extraordinary glimpse at an early planned utopian community committed to innovative education for young men (Cokesbury Manual Conference School), young women (Cokesbury Female College) and for emancipated slaves (Allen University). Although Cokesbury feels a bit “off the beaten path” today, it was once one of the most prominent communities in the upper part of South Carolina. At its peak, it was a thriving hub of education for the entire state, and many influential South Carolinians called it home. The story of Cokesbury began when visionaries in the Tabernacle Community decided to build a new school. After much deliberation, a public meeting was held on July 4, 1824 to promote the idea of developing a new village around the new school’s location. The name of the new village: Mount Ariel.

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