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Address: Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Phone Number: 8646562475
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Nice place to stop- horrible parking

This is a surprising gem of a find. The house is chocked full of historical artifacts and the tour guide was very knowledgable. It was not very busy while I was there. One note... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kelly H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a surprising gem of a find. The house is chocked full of historical artifacts and the tour guide was very knowledgable. It was not very busy while I was there. One note- parking is horrible! I parked in a number spot, only to get a ticked.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Fort Hill was the home of Vice President John C. Calhoun from 1825 until his death in 1850. Later his daughter and her husband inherited the home and the property was donated to start Clemson University. Admission was free but a donation box was available. The lady working there was knowledgeable and friendly. She offered to give us a tour... More 

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Six Mile, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

I have been to Fort Hill many times and every time I go I learn something new. This home was owned by John C Calhoun. Mr. Calhoun was Vice President, Secretary Of State and Secretary Of War. Fort Hill was originally a 1100 acre plantation. When he died in his will he left fort Hill to his daughter and Thomas... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

All of the parking at Clemson University is pay for metered parking only. Do not go to the visitors center unless you need a map or other information. Visitor parking is very limited and there is none designated just for Fort Hill but there is some out front if available. If you are lucky enough to find a place to... More 

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Pendleton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

If you are ever in Clemson, don't miss visiting this site that is so steeped in history. To get the full impact, I recommend reading The Biography of John. C. Calhoun by Irving H. Bartlett, prior to your visit, as Bartlett talks about Fort Hill a great deal. Reading this volume certainly isn't required to enjoy the home but you... More 

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Seneca, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

John C. Calhoun was a leading advocate for state rights in an intellectually thoughtful way. While he may now not be revered, he was so internationally in his time. The house is full of period pieces.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

The Calhoun Mansion right smack in the middle of the Clemson campus is a worth while place to visit. Historic home of John C. Calhoun and his family, excellent tour guides, very informative. Donations accepted.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

My husband and I toured this beautiful historic home last time we went to Clemson for Parents' weekend. We learned so much about the founder of the University. The tour guide was great and the house is maintained very well. It is right there in the middle of campus, sort of behind Tillman. Up the hill from the shoe box... More 

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NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The fascinating home of Senator John C. Calhoun. His daughter Anna and her husband Thomas Green Clemson lived in the plantation as well. They both shared a dream about educational opportunities, and after Thomas outlived his wife and children, he was finishing out his days at Fort Hill imagining the possibilities for higher education in the state of South Carolina.... More 

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Acworth, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

We walked in and were greeted by a few students. The tour was nice and our guide was very knowledgeable. We visit many historical places and it is rare to find the original furniture. They had many of the family heirlooms. The top you tour on your own and the brochure has some good info. I'm glad we went.

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