South Carolina Picture Project 📸

Gassaway Mansion | Photo by GVLtoday Team
Gassaway Mansion | Photo by GVLtoday Team

Have you heard of The South Carolina Picture Project? The SC Picture Project is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to preserve the photos + the history of our state’s landmarks before they are gone for good. It’s used by 3,000+ people each day + it is a resource for more than 1 million people each year. 

Think of it as a digital time capsule. The website houses over 2,300 SC landmarks, and there’s no plan to stop archiving our beautiful state any time soon. 

The five goals of the project are: 

📸 To act as a permanent repository for photos and records of our states landmarks to be permanently saved.

📸 To celebrate all of the beauty of our state + to create more SC pride.

📸 To give students the ability to study + learn about our states history in a more accessible way at no cost to the students. 

📸 To inspire travel throughout our state + in turn, boost the economy

📸 To allow South Carolinians a way to contribute their own connections, stories, and memories of a location. 

Dreaming of the days when we can see the Furman University Bell Tower again  | Photo by @james_simpson_photography
Dreaming of the days when we can see the Furman University Bell Tower again  | Photo by @james_simpson_photography

To use this SC resource, go to the website + search or discover landmarks by city, county, and type. Each page has photos and facts + figures available. Once you’ve learned all you need to learn, plan a trip to the destination + be sure to take lots of photos and tag us in them.

Here are some local gems you can find at SCPictureProject.org:

Old Dunham Bridge | This is one of the last steel truss bridges in SC that still has its complete structure intact.

Lanneau-Norwood House | Located at 417 Belmont Ave., this house is a wonderful example of the Second Empire style built between 1876 and 1877 that first belonged to textile mogul Charles Henry Lanneau, Jr., who founded the Huguenot Plaid Mill.

Furman Bell Tower | The crowning jewel of Furman University + a breathtaking spot for photos in the Upstate. 

Peg Leg Bates (statue) | Despite losing a leg in a cotton mill accident at the age of 12, Fountain Inn native Clayton Bates went on to have a successful tap dancing career and even made an appearance on the Ed Sullivan show.