CLEMSON — Clemson University will celebrate its rich history of giving and honor members of the Clemson family who exemplify its dedication to service on Legacy Day from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Fort Hill on the Clemson campus.

Clemson staff members Ron Grant and Janet Bean, aka Thomas Green and Anna Calhoun Clemson, greet visitors at the beginning of the scavenger hunt during the 2016 Legacy Day celebration.

Clemson staff members Ron Grant and Janet Bean, aka Thomas Green and Anna Calhoun Clemson, greet visitors at the beginning of the scavenger hunt during the 2016 Legacy Day celebration.
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Thomas Green Clemson, who inherited Fort Hill from his wife, Anna Calhoun Clemson, granted his land and fortune to the state of South Carolina in his last will and testament. The 814 acres and $80,000 dollars in assets were used to create the university. Since then, the Clemsons’ spirit of philanthropy has been interwoven into university values and traditions.

On Friday, there will be tours of the Fort Hill grounds and a scavenger hunt, and copies of the Clemsons’ wills will be on display. Students will be invited to “leave their mark” by signing a special Clemson print that will be displayed in the R.M. Cooper Library alongside prints from previous years, and caramel apples and cider will be served. Souvenirs, including T-shirts, cups and koozies, will be available to all who complete the scavenger hunt, and participants will get to interact with special guests: the Clemson Tiger and Thomas Green and Anna Calhoun Clemson impersonators Ron Grant and Janet Bean.

The bronze leaves honoring members of the Fort Hill Legacy Society, a poshumous honor for those who have given Clemson University $1 million or more, lie under the trees next to the Calhoun Mansion on Fort Hill.

The bronze leaves honoring members of the Fort Hill Legacy Society, a posthumous honor for those who have given Clemson University $1 million or more, lie under the trees next to the Calhoun Mansion on Fort Hill.
Image Credit: Clemson University Relations

“The idea behind our ‘Leave Your Mark!’ campaign is a hope that students will be inspired by the philanthropy on this campus and the individuals who came before us to live in service to the Clemson community and give back in the future in a way that is truly ‘Ever Loyal,’” said Legacy Day chair, Jessica Schnorr, a senior language and international health major from Charleston.

At 4 p.m., there will be a ceremony to induct Samuel B. and Patricia Oliver Deal into the Fort Hill Legacy Society, a prestigious honorary group of those who have willed at least $1 million to Clemson. This event is held under the Second Century Oak at Fort Hill, the location of the first board of trustees meeting. Distinguished alumnus Joe Turner also will reflect on his 50 years in the Clemson Family.

“Legacy Day is my favorite tradition because not only do we as Clemson students convene together at an important property of this region’s history, but we can share the gratitude of the season together as we realize that this story is so much bigger than us,” said Schnorr.

More information about Legacy Day can be found here.

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