This shuttered store in a rural corner of Sumter was likely established in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century by local farmer and merchant James Thomas “J.T.” Brogdon. A 1914 copy of the Insurance Press mentions the store under its “What is Burning” section, stating that the store suffered a loss of $8,000, presumably in a fire.
The store was rebuilt and likely operated by J.T. Brogdon’s son, J.T. Brogdon, Jr., following Brogdon, Sr.’s death in 1945. At some point a gas pump, complete with an awning for cars, was added to the store as a modern convenience. In recent years, the store has been renovated with signs retouched and the exterior repainted. The store sits on property still belonging to the Brogdon family which operates as Brogdon Farms.
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