Blacksburg, South Carolina
February 9, 2005
Most of the tour guides at the house are college students, who generally do a very good jobs of presenting the history of the house and telling about its occupants and furnishings. One unfortunate thing about the house is that many are of the rooms are closed off by wrought iron gates and visitors aren't allowed to enter the rooms. The first room on the tour is the parlor, where Thomas Clemson and Anna Maria Calhoun were married. An interesting feature that the tour guide pointed out is the initials A.P.C., carved into the door moulding. These are the initials of Andrew Pickens Calhoun, the VP's son, who must have done this as a young boy. 19th Century graffiti!
In the dining room, we are told that the large sideboard was given to Calhoun as a gift and that it was made of wood from the U.S.S. Yorktown(Old Ironsides). The impressive table is an original Duncan Fyfe piece. The bedrooms are located upstairs. When descending the backstairs down to the living room area, be careful. They are steep. If you are tall, watch your head. People really must have been shorter in the 19th Century.
Behind the house is a nice little garden. A walkway leads back to Calhoun's office, where he wrote some of his famous documents, such as the "Nullification Doctrine". In front of the house is an old springhouse, which looks more a dark, damp prison, since it is blockaded by a large wrought iron gate.
Fort Hill has recently been renovated, and it open daily. There is no admission to enter, but a donation box is present near the front door.
From journal Where the Tigers Play