Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Marie Cromer Seigler House

Marker ID: SCHM 2-20
Location: S.C. Hwy. 191, Eureka community, 8 mi. N of Aiken, SC
County: Aiken
Coordinates: N 33° 41.826    W 081° 45.971
  33.6971    -81.76618333
Style: Free Standing **


This house was for many years the home of Marie Cromer Seigler (1882-1964), educator and national pioneer in agricultural instruction. In 1910, as teacher and principal of Talatha School, she founded a Girls´ Tomato Club, the first of many such clubs nationwide and a forerunner, along with the Boys´ Corn Clubs, of the national 4-H Clubs, supported by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Marie Cromer said of her efforts to encourage girls and young women interested in agriculture, "I made up my mind I was going to do something for country girls." With the support of Aiken Co. Superintendent of Education Cecil H. Seigler, whom she married in 1912, she established Home Demonstration clubs and created Home Economics courses in Aiken Co. schools. She died here in 1964.

Erected by the Aiken County Historical Society, 2000