A new historic marker could be the start of more such signs in Lexington.
A marker commemorating the presence of the Southern Lutheran Seminary in the town during the mid-1800s will be unveiled Sunday by Lexington County Museum officials.
Museum director J.R. Fennell is interested in doubling markers scattered within walking distance of the facility to a dozen.
“It’d be great to have more letting people know about our past, one that is a rich history,” he said.
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The new marker will honor a home – donated to the museum in 1974 – that was used as the seminary from 1832-55 and later become the site where the hymn “Give Me That Old-Time Religion” was composed, officials say.
The home is one of 36 structures at the museum that focuses on history from the mid-1700s through the Civil War in the mid-1800s.
It’s the first marker put up during Fennell’s seven-year-tenure managing the 44-year-old museum.
Putting up a silver-and-black marker requires research from local and state officials to assure accuracy, he said.
Town Mayor Steve MacDougall likewise favors more markers in the steadily growing community of 18,000 residents.
Some current markers are stops on a one-mile walking tour that Town Hall promotes. “It ties in well with what we are doing,” MacDougall said. “We would welcome more.”