About our Preservation
With the help of hundreds of interested citizens and generous supporters, the GSPS has had numerous kudzu pulls and community litter pickups, established a website, published newsletters, conducted spring, Christmas, and small group tours. Fundraisers, with delicious barbeques, oyster roasts, and homemade desserts, have included performances by the National Cowboy Poet and band, the amazing border collie Chaser, the Band of Brothers, Northern Border Bluegrass, and the Justin McCorkle Band. We also have begun recording oral histories from Glenn Springs natives and visitors. If you know someone whose memories should be part of these archives, please contact us.
When the county ordered demolition of the old Allen store, owners Steve and Katherine Garrett allowed us to disassemble and store the useable materials. These will be incorporated into the construction of a replica building. In June, 2015, the Glenn Springs Post Office was deeded to the GSPS by the William Hambrick family. Originally a saddler's shop, circa 1900, it served as the Glenn Springs post office until it closed in 1969. It has been cleaned, doors repaired, and a solar light added to light the flag at night.
Adjacent to the old stone church stands the largest of the original stores, the Cates Building. Palmetto Heritage Trust Ex. Director said “Cates is magnificent! There isn't another building in South Carolina like it!” Generous donations from Zim Cannon and the Arkwright Foundation have allowed us to stabilize the Cates Building which will be restored as plans are completed.
As a 100% volunteer organization with no paid positions, we are people who recognize the value of preserving the past to shape the quality of the future. Please join us in this opportunity to preserve a unique part of South Carolina's fascinating history.
When the Glenn Springs Academy closed in 2013, the Preservation Society purchased the property and continued restoration of the building and beautification of the grounds. The church is now beautifully restored and is available to rent for your special event.