Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Aiken Institute

Marker ID: SCHM 2-16
Location: just outside of the Aiken Library on Colleton Ave., Aiken, SC.
County: Aiken
Coordinates: N 33° 33.366    W 081° 43.258
  33.5561    -81.72096666
Style: Free Standing **


The Aiken Institute, which gave this area the name of "Institute Hill," was chartered in 1888. The main building, designed by I.F. Goodrich in 1891, includes a wing added in 1913. All grades attended the Institute until 1937, when a new high school was built and this became Aiken Elementary School. It was the second oldest school in use in the state when it closed in 1986. The 1913 wing became the Aiken County Public Library in 1990.