Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Murchison School

Marker ID: SCHM 35-35
Location: Fayetteville Ave. & S. Marlboro St., Bennettsville, SC
County: Marlboro
Coordinates: N 34° 36.87    W 079° 40.923
  34.6145    -79.68205
Style: Free Standing **


The Murchison School, built in 1902, was named for John D. Murchison (1826-1892), a merchant and the first mayor of Bennettsville. It was given to the city in his memory by his widow, former teacher Harriet Murchison Beckwith (1855-1927). This Romanesque Revival school features a central bell tower with a terra cotta tablet over its ornate arched entrance. It was designed by Denver architect John J. Huddart and built by contractor W.T. Wilkins of Florence.

Murchison School was an elementary and high school from 1902 to 1918, when Bennettsville High School was built next to it, and an elementary school from 1918 until it closed in 1989. The auditorium has hosted many civic events, club meetings, and theater productions. During World War II its balcony was renovated to house a dual library for this school and Bennettsville High after the high school burned. The balcony was later restored to its original appearance.

Erected by the Marlborough Historical Society, 2008