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Address: Fort Hill Street and Calhoun Drive, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
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+1 864-656-2475

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Hidden Surprise!

Was walking around campus and found this surprise. Luckily for us it was open and we were able to make a quick tour. We wished that we had more time - was very interesting.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dennis S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was walking around campus and found this surprise. Luckily for us it was open and we were able to make a quick tour. We wished that we had more time - was very interesting.

Thank Dennis S
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Fort Hill was the home of John C. Calhoun, one of the pre-eminent 19th century statesmen, from 1826 to his death in 1850. Calhoun was a U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative from South Carolina and led the pro-slavery faction in the Congress. He also served as the seventh Vice-President of the United States and Secretary of State. With Henry Clay... More 

Thank Taylor B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Wonderful tour of the house where the 7th Vice President of the US, John Calhoun, lived. Family portraits and personal effects are displayed throughout the house.

Thank battydiver
New Haven, Connecticut
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6 reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016

This home of John C. Calhoun features a particularly knowledgeable interpreter, who gave us a lot of time and energy. Much of what is in the home belonged to the family going back to the 1700s. Wouldn't have missed it!

Thank b j
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Reviewed 29 July 2016 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.

1 Thank Kelly H
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Reviewed 19 July 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 

Thank W B
Six Mile, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 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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Reviewed 19 April 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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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 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 

Thank TC1Camper
Seneca, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 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.

Thank Ingo46

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