Delayed, but not denied. I wanted to visit Glenn Springs after visiting Whitestone Springs two weeks ago, but I ran out of daylight. My second attempt failed last week because of misty, rainy weather on my available days. This week on my third try I finally made it.
But between my first and second attempts, my adventuring friend Tom Taylor briefly stopped here to explore on his way to Pacolet where he then explored the ruins of a hotel (which I'll have to check out sometime). He recounts this most interesting adventure in The Allure of Old Masonry.
Glenn Springs, like Whitestone Springs and Chick Springs, was a resort spring touting water that could supposedly cure many ailments. Like these other resort springs, Glenn Springs featured a large hotel where capable of housing many guests. Glenn Springs also had its own railroad for a time to transport guests to and from the hotel. The Glenn Springs hotel operated well over 100 years before fire destroyed the hotel on July 25, 1941. Several buildings in the vicinity of the hotel are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and I visited all of them.
Across the street is Cavalry Episcopal Church. The church was backlight, so I couldn't quite get the angle I wanted. A former parish house sits just to the left (not pictured).
Also nearby is the John C. Zimmerman home, a former owner of the hotel.
National Register nomination form.
Next to the parking area is the Cates House ruins, built by Robert Cates in the 19th century and destroyed by fire in 1978. The National Register photos from the 1982 nomination showed the chimneys still standing, and the water tower in behind the house still had the water tank on top.
The Old Stone Church was the second home of Glenn Springs Presbyterian Church. According to their church's history page, this church was completed and dedicated in 1908. In November 1960, the third and current church off of highway SC 215 was completed, leaving the second church behind. The store was part of the property that was donated to the Spartanburg Boys Home.
The Glenn Springs Preservation Society recently bought this property from the Glenn Springs Academy, and is in the process of restoring the church.
No tresspassing signs were plastered at the gate. Drat. I wanted to go on in, especially since this was road leading to the hotel. But I didn't even though the signs were likely meant for vandals. Perhaps some other time.
he visited the old church.
Across from the Glenn Springs Academy is the Cavalry Episcopal Church cemetery and where the church used to be situated before moving to its current location.
I uploaded my photos to the Flickr set Glenn Springs - Dec 2013 and a Google Photos album also named Glenn Springs - Dec 2013. This map shows the locations of the historical places I visited:
I created this map before the visit. I exported the map to KML on to my tablet, then imported the KML into my hiking app. It made finding these sites so easy.
The Spartanburg County Library's digital collection features several nice photos of the hotel, its interior, and the springs. The Glenn Springs Preservation Society has photos of the springs, the Old Stone Church, and Cates Store.
The Glenn Springs Hotel and springs generated so much newspaper coverage archived by Chronicling America and Google Newspapers I couldn't begin to list them all. However, two stand out for me. One is a history of the hotel from 1890 (which is itself now history). The second is about the fire at the hotel from the July 27, 1941 Spartanburg Herald-Journal. There's plenty more to be found by searching for "glenn springs" or "glenn springs hotel".
Wofford College uploaded an interesting booklet from 1888 to a set on Flickr titled Glenn Springs, South Carolina: It's discovery, location, history, personal sketches of its habitues, what it will cure, &c.
The Glenn Springs Preservation Society has a nice concise history of the hotel and spring property from before Glenn Springs was Glenn Springs until the hotel's destruction in 1941.
Spartanburg County SCGenWeb's maps section has an 1869 map of the county showing Glenn Springs and a marker for the hotel.