Hanover House (Clemson)

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Hanover House
Hanover House (Clemson).JPG
Hanover House in the South Carolina Botanical Garden
Location Clemson University campus, Clemson, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°40′30.8″N 82°49′05.3″W / 34.675222°N 82.818139°W / 34.675222; -82.818139Coordinates: 34°40′30.8″N 82°49′05.3″W / 34.675222°N 82.818139°W / 34.675222; -82.818139
Built 1714-1716
Architect Paul de St. Julien
NRHP reference # 70000594[1]
Added to NRHP June 5, 1970

Hanover House is a French Huguenot house built in 1714-1716. The house is also known as the St. Julien-Ravenel House. It was constructed in the South Carolina Low Country in the present Berkeley County. When Lake Moultrie was created in the 1940s, the house was moved to the Clemson University campus in Pickens County.


Sign for the Hanover House, with the house in the background.

Hanover House was built by Paul de St. Julien, a French Huguenot, on land that was a 1688 grant to his grandfather by the Lords Proprietors. The house is a 1½-story cypress wood house with a gambrel roof. It has brick chimneys on either end of the house. There are fireplaces on both the first and second floor. Engraved on a stucco band at the top of one of the chimneys is PEU À PEU for the French proverb Peu à peu l'oiseau fait son nid, which is "Little by little, the bird builds his nest." St. Julien named the house Hanover in honor of the House of Hanover that had ascended the throne of the Kingdom of Great Britain,[2] "to show his appreciation for that country which had befriended so many Huguenot refugees after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes."[3]

St. Julien's daughter married Henry Ravenel. The house remained in the family for nearly 200 years.

Hanover House in Berkeley County prior to its move to Clemson University

In the construction of Lake Moultrie, the house was to be inundated. It was dismantled and moved to Clemson University and reconstructed on the east side of campus on Cherry Rd. It was recently relocated to the South Carolina Botanical Garden. The house is furnished with period reproductions and donations by the Ravenel family[4]

The Hanover House is on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1][3][5]

The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America restored the interior of the house as a historic house museum that is open on weekends. Hours are Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 noon & 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Stoney, Samuel Gaillard, Plantations of the Carolina Low Country, 2nd ed., Carolina Art Association, Charleston, SC, pp. 51, 108-109, 1938.
  3. ^ a b Norman McCorkle (August 21, 1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: St. Julien-Ravenal House / Hanover House". South Carolina scanned copies (pdf). National Park Service. 
  4. ^ City of Clemson webpage on the Hanover House
  5. ^ "Hanover House, Pickens County (Clemson University)". National Register Properties in South Carolina listing. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 

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