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The Anderson County town of Starr may be small now with a population of fewer than 200 residents, but at one point it was a bustling hub of activity as a stop along the Charleston and Western Carolina Railway. The community was established during the late 1830s and originally called Twiggs. When the town was officially chartered in 1888, its name was changed to Starr in honor of railroad official Captain W.W. Starr.

Starr Post Office

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Starr also flourished as an agricultural community, and stately homes built in the Starr countryside during the early twentieth century, such as Evergreen Plantation, reflect the success of local farmers. Farms such as Milky Way Farm continue find success in the Upstate community.

Strickland Store Starr

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

However, when South Carolina Highway 81 was developed in the mid-to-late the twentieth century, Starr saw the demise of its train depot and the commercial street now called Old Highway 81, where the former town hall and post office, seen at the top of this page, once greeted residents. Above and below, abandoned stores line the empty road. The building above served as a store established by Stephen E. Strickland. Strickland’s children acquired the business in 1894, and the mercantile was reborn as a grocery store. The building below was a service station owned by Mr. McDougald. (Many thanks to Kay Arnold Kirk for helping us identify this structure.)

Brick Building Starr

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

One of the most beloved landmarks in Starr is the Old Shiloh School, a rapidly disintegrating one-room schoolhouse located in a cow field. Another image of Strickland Grocery Store can be seen below, the store opened in 1894 and closed its doors in 1947.

Strickland Grocery Store, Starr

Pete Lawrence of Sumter, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Starr Info

Address: South Carolina Highway 81, Starr, SC 29684
GPS Coordinates: 34.377915,-82.695718

Starr Map

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9 Comments about Starr

Bill Strickland says:
August 15th, 2019 at 8:44 pm

The store in this photo was run bye William H. Strickland, Sr. and Alma Majeski Strickland and William H. Strickland, Jr. This store was built in 1947. It was started by Steven Strickland at another location farther down 187. The store closed in the 1980s after the death of William H. Strickland, Sr.

Bill Strickland says:
August 15th, 2019 at 6:16 pm

Far right is 1947. Store started 1897. At one time was in between Harry Earle and Hammond Earle’s homes. Then moved up to Cindy and Easten Glenn’s old home place, no longer there. Burned! Then to intersection of 187 and 412 on left side of road. Then built present store in 1947.

Tina Watson Foy says:
August 15th, 2019 at 7:44 am

Can someone explain the numbers on the the store sign? Also, I can’t make out the numbers on the right. Please help me if you can.

Gent Brown says:
September 20th, 2017 at 6:50 pm

The mystery building was a bank. I think maybe People’s Bank. I know the person who got the safe out and where it is.

Janis McCoy says:
August 28th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

I remember in the late summer and early fall, wagons lined up at the cotton gin.

SCIWAY says:
August 28th, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Kay, thank you so much for providing us this info! We have added it with a credit to you. If you have any other info about the old service station, please send it our way. We’d really appreciate it and would love to add it. Thanks!

Kay Arnold Kirk says:
August 26th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The little brick building above was a service station. It was owned & run by a Mr. McDougald. He walked with a limp.

Debbie says:
August 26th, 2017 at 9:12 am

I remember walking to these stores when I was young, maybe eight or nine. We’d go to these stores to get candy and Cokes. The tall building was a broom shop where they made brooms. We’d sit out on the fire escape and eat ice cream we had bought at “Shores Store” that was next door.

Marcy Trott Hawley says:
May 30th, 2016 at 9:58 pm

I believe the "mystery building" was a gas station.


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