Monday, December 12, 2011
Chicora College (SC)
The Historic Columbia Foundation in South Carolina maintains the Hampton-Preston mansion and gardens. The estate housed several institutions including the College for Women (1890-1915), Chicora College (1915-1930), Westerveldt Academy (1931-1935), and Columbia Bible College for overflow housing (1938-1946).
Chicora College for Young Ladies was originally founded by the Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina established in 1893 in Greenville, SC. Its sixteen acre campus eventually included a 1200 seat auditorium, a dormitory, administration building, and a president's home. Liberal arts subjects, business courses (including typewriting and bookkeeping), photography, and music were taught to more than 200 young women each year. The college moved to Columbia in 1915 and later merged with Queens College in Charlotte, NC in 1933.