Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Chick Springs

Marker ID: SCHM 23-13
Location: 0.5 mile SE of us 29 on Road 38 at entrance to Chick Springs Park
County: Greenville
Coordinates: N 34° 55.733    W 082° 17.283
  34.92888333    -82.28805
Style: Free Standing **


Dr. Burwell Chick opened a resort at these mineral springs in 1840. A spacious hotel and cottages accommodated a large number of summer guests. After Dr. Chick´s death, the springs were operated by his sons Pettus and Reuben, and after 1857 by Franklin Talbird and John T. Henery, lowcountry developers. In the I 860s, the war ended the heyday of the resort.

After 1885, George Westmoreland began to reestablish the springs as a resort. In 1903, the Chick Springs Company was formed to sell water and maintain a hotel. From this time, J. A. Bull was principal developer. A military academy was located here 1916- I 7, and Steedly Clinic and Sanitarium 1919-32. An amusement park has been operated at Chick Springs since 1927.

Erected by Taylors Garden Club - 1972