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Limestone University Archives

Limestone University History:

When Limestone University was established in 1845, it was the first women's college in South Carolina and one of the first in the United States. Founders Dr. Thomas Curtis and son, Dr. William Curtis, distinguished scholars from England, sought to provide educational opportunities to those who had not otherwise had them. In the late 1960s, Limestone became fully coeducational.

Limestone's campus is a unique landscape of history and progress.

Limestone University Historical Marker: “Founded in 1845 as the Limestone Springs Female High School by Dr. Thomas Curtis and his son Dr. William Curtis, distinguished Baptist clergymen. The school thrived until falling on hard times during the Civil War and Reconstruction. In 1881 the institution was revived by New York benefactor Peter Cooper as Cooper-Limestone Institute. Renamed Limestone University in 1898.”

Nine buildings on the main campus are included on the National Register of Historic Places plus Nesbitt's Quarry and Limestone Springs Baptist Church (previously owned by the College). All nine buildings have undergone major renovations. Although these historic buildings offer a picture of Limestone's past, they also house the modern technology necessary to make Limestone a liberal arts college with a view of the future.

Limestone University is an accredited, independent, coeducational, four-year liberal arts institution chartered by the state of South Carolina. Our programs lead to a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts, or Associate of Science degree.

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