Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bell Tower

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Institution Name: Presbyterian College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bell Tower
Location on Campus: in front of Smyth Dormitory
Date(s) of Construction:
post- 1880original construction; lattice tower
1880original construction; bell
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: wooden lattice
ca. 1880-present (2006)bell tower

This bell, which was located at the original Clinton High School or Clinton Academy Building in 1880, was later moved across town to the present campus. It was originally mounted on a wooden frame but is now housed in a wooden latticework tower. It is the only remaining feature from the original college property.


Hammet, Ben Hay. The Spirit of Presbyterian College: A Centennial History. Clinton, SC: Presbyterian College, 1982.

South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Thornwell-Presbyterian College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1982.


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