Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Andrew Jackson Hotel / Vernon Grant

Marker ID: SCHM 46-36
Location: 223 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC
County: York
Coordinates: N 34° 55.518    W 081° 1.597
  34.9253    -81.02661666
Style: Free Standing **


The Andrew Jackson Hotel, built in 1926, was funded with more than $250,000 raised by citizens of Rock Hill. Designed by Charles Coker Wilson, it is a fine example of the Beaux Arts style and has been called one of the city´s “greatest triumphs.” In 1938-39 many stars of early country and gospel music, such as the Monroe Boys, Delmore Bros., and S.C. native Arthur Smith, recorded hit songs for RCA in sessions here.

The building also included the Rock Hill Chamber of Commerce before it closed as a hotel in 1970. Vernon Grant, director 1957-65, was a leading American illustrator from the 1930s to the 50s. Best known as the creator of Kellogg´s “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” and Rock Hill´s Glen the Frog, he illustrated thousands of ads and magazine covers. He married Elizabeth Fewell of Rock Hill in 1936. In 1947 Grant moved his family to York County, where he lived until his death in 1990.

Erected by the Culture & Heritage Museums of York County, 2006