Spartanburg Methodist College (Full-Day: 5 of 14)

Driving Instructions

The Driving Directions represent the most direct and scenic route.

  • from #4, continue on Hwy 150 down the hill toward the Pacolet River bridge
  • Turn LEFT on Sunny Acres Road
  • Turn RIGHT on W. Main Street which becomes Elmore Road after crossing over Hwys 176 & 9
  • Turn RIGHT on Southport Road (Hwy 295)
  • Hwy 295 will run in to Hwy 296 (John B. White, Sr. Blvd).
  • Turn LEFT on Hwy 296
  • Turn RIGHT on Hwy 295 (E. Blackstock Road)
  • Turn RIGHT on Hwy 29 (W. O. Ezell Blvd)
  • Turn LEFT on Powell Mill Road.
  • #5 is on your RIGHT
  • Take the second entrance to campus. Turn RIGHT on George Fields Drive to visit Hammond Hall and the Buchheit Administration Building.

1000 Powell Mill Road
Saxon, 29301

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Location Information

Spartanburg Methodist College

The vision of a Methodist minister who wanted to improve the lives of mill workers led to the creation of the Textile Industrial Institute in 1911 in a house donated by mill owner Walter Montgomery, and three years later, that school moved to a new campus on the westside of Spartanburg. TII grew and changed, and more than 100 years later, it is the beautiful campus of Spartanburg Methodist College.

David English Camak founded this college “to find, train, Christianize and place men and women to do the thinking for the five hundred thousand cotton mill operatives of the South.” The school opened with students ranging in age from 14 to 45, from more than a dozen SC counties. Camak devised an innovative schedule, rotating weeks at work in the mill and in class. In 1920, TII built its own Model Mill to make gingham and provide revenue for the college. The mill quickly failed, and ultimately became known as Powell Knitting Mill, now closed but still standing near the campus.

The longest-standing building on this campus is Hammond Hall, built with $30,000 and a train-load of granite from the local quarry in Pacolet. Students who attended school there in 1914 lived in a kind of a “lumber camp” in the nearby mill village of Saxon. The Buchheit Administration Building lobby now contains several historical displays.

The college, which now has an enrollment of about 800 in a two-year degree program, is still affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The full history of the institution is the focus of the 2007 book Common Ties by Katherine Davis Cann, available at the Hub City Bookshop.


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Produced by MoreView Media, based on the book Textile Town by Hub City Press.