Coker Spring

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
Street Address:
Coker Spring Road Aiken, SIC., Aiken, SC

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Date Surveyed:
Construction Date:
circa 1850;1800s
Historic Use:
Current Use:
Construction Method:
brick covered with stucco
Signficant Architectural Features:
This fresh water spring is covered by a springhouse which features a pedimented entrance and a wide entablature. Curving retaining walls extend along the left and right sides of the structure. OUTBUILDINGS: N/A
restored in 1972
Historical Information:
Archeological remains found near the spring suggest that it was probably a water supply for prehistoric Indians. The spring later served as the source of drinking water for the early settlers of Aiken (ca. 1830-1890). In 1844, the spring was deeded to the town of Aiken. It became a popular center of social activity in the town; a pavillion was built on the hill and there were band concerts, dances, and picnics. Coker Spring apparently maintained its prominence through the 19th century. Eventually, however, it fell into ruin.
Source of Historical Information:
National Register nomination prepared in 1975
Aiken - City - Winter Colony Historic Districts Survey, 1982
Archives Location:
Box 11, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014

Related place
Aiken County