Founded in 1826, Furman University is the oldest private university in South Carolina. It was named after Richard Furman a Baptist clergyman who advocated for higher education. First established in Edgefield, SC the campus moved twice before settling in downtown Greenville, SC. It was chartered as a university in 1850 under the leadership of Mr. Furman’s son James Clement Furman. In 1958 it moved to its current location on Poinsett Highway. It became a coeducational institution in 1961.
We visited the beautiful university campus on Sunday 5/29/2022. We walked around a section of the lake to the clock tower stopping by the Jane Earle Furman Rose Garden, the model of the Ravenel bridge, a small Japanese garden where a geese family was lounging. We saw a gorgeous young lady celebrating her Quinceanera. She looked like Cinderella in her blue dress, absolutely stunning! I was very excited she allowed me to take her photo while her photographer was getting ready to start her photoshoot.
References Furman University Web Site
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- Furman University Campus, SC