Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Lutheran Classical and Theological Seminary

Marker ID: SCHM 32-38
Location: 421 Columbia Avenue, Lexington, SC
County: Lexington
Coordinates: N 33° 59.238    W 081° 14.412
  33.9873    -81.2402
Style: Free Standing **


The Lutheran Classical and Theological Seminary was located here from 1834 to 1855. The Synod of S.C. established a new seminary in 1831 in an effort to promote the education of Lutheran ministers in the Southeast. It opened in Pomaria, Newberry County, but plans were soon made to move to this site, then 1/2 mi. from the town of Lexington Court House.

The seminary opened here in 1834, with Dr. Ernest L. Hazelius (1777-1853), a native of Prussia who had come to America in 1800, as headmaster until 1851. The seminary, headmaster´s house (1833), and academic building (1838) are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The seminary moved to Newberry in 1855 and became Newberry College in 1856.

Erected by the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and the
Lexington County Historical Society, 2010