Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Ridge Hill School / Faith Cabin Library

Marker ID: SCHM 41-13
Location: at the intersection of Ridge Hill Drive and Williams Avenue, Ridge Spring, SC
County: Saluda
Coordinates: N 33° 51.167    W 081° 39.55
  33.85278333    -81.65916666
Style: Free Standing **


Ridge Hill School

This school, built in 1934, replaced the Ridge Hill Rosenwald School, a six-classroom frame school built in 1923-24. That school was funded in part by the Julius Rosenwald Foundation, building more than 500 African-American schools in S.C. 1917-1932. It burned in 1934, but the new school was built on the sale plan, at a cost of about $8000. Grades 1-11 attended this school until grade 12 was added in 1947. Ridge Hill School closed in 1957.

Faith Cabin Library

This building has been the Ridge Spring Star Community Center since 1978. The chimney nearby is all that remains of a Faith Cabin Library, part of a program founded in 1932 by Willie Lee Buffington (1908-1988) to help give small-town and rural African-Americans better access to books. The library built here in 1934 was the second Faith Cabin Library in the state. More than 100 were built in S.C. and Ga. from 1932-1960.

Ridge Spring Star Community Center 2009