Hidden Histories of Furman University: Lake Walk

A Student Project of Seeking Abarham

Hidden Histories of Furman University: Lake Walk

Greenville, South Carolina 29617, United States

Created By: Brandon Inabinet

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Furman's landscape, ranked frequently in the top ten most beautiful colleges in the country, tells quite a few stories if you know where to look and have this map to help guide you.

The places you'll visit were inventoried and described by Furman students as part of the Seeking Abraham project to, “educate students, and the world more broadly, that the work of historical remembrance . . . is an opportunity for understanding and community advancement.”

Now… let’s begin!

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What You'll See on the Tour

Today, Lakeside serves as a co-ed dormitory, alternating boys’ and girls’ halls. It once served as the only girls’ residential building on campus. In fact, female and male students were once prohibited from living in the same building... Read more
The squawking of swans greets you as you make it over to iconic and majestic Furman Lake and Bell Tower. On the path is a not-so-photogenic, rickety, old structure. This is “the Shack,” the last building from the Greenville Women... Read more
Contrasted with The Shack, you might surprised with how well this little shack was kept up. It's nearly seventy five years older. The little cabin was built in 1851, while the main academic building was under construction. Thus, this was t... Read more
On the Furman Lake, guests routinely admire the magnificent Florentine belltower in the middle, a major symbol of the university. The chimes each hour symbolize a tradition that goes back as long as Furman and the Greenville Women’s Coll... Read more
Perhaps nothing could be more representative of "hidden" than the humble bunched arrowhead patch on Furman's campus. Amid the trails behind the wooded lake, sits a little muddy bog no bigger than the Shack and Old College you just saw, and... Read more
"I wish my countrymen to consider, that whatever the human law may be, neither an individual nor a nation can ever commit the least act of injustice against the obscurest individual without having to pay the penalty for it. A government whi... Read more
Historically known as the Greenville and Northern railway, the Swamp Rabbit Trail is one of the most prominent transformations on the perimiter of Furman University's Campus, and signify the recent economic and tourist boom of Greenville an... Read more
Between these brick buildings you'll find a staircase where you can see all five dormitories, named for Furman’s presidents. South Housing, or as students here refer to it, SOHO, is the primary housing for freshman students; it was once ... Read more
The Trone Student Center is truly the epicenter of student life on campus, with bubbling vibrancy of students around you if classes are in session. In who all it represents, this building will look impressively future-oriented, for both g... Read more
A brick path between the dining hall and student center sits in a well-landscaped, quiet section of campus. Stand on this path, face the library, and look down. Seven millstones lay evenly between the brick. Nearby, an eighth millstone can... Read more
Under a canopy of oaks sits the historic Furman Rose Garden. Manicured shrubbery guards the precious rose bushes as they line uneven brick paths. Tradition holds that you can't touch the historic rose bushes, but gardeners will cut full bl... Read more
Above the Farm to Fork posters and sustainability flyers of the Charles E. Daniel Dining Hal, are two Bible verses sprawled across the inside brick wall in large, shimmering, gold letters. The first, Psalm 75:1, reads “UNTO THEE O GOD DO... Read more


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