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Varnville Train Depot — Varnville, South Carolina

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Varnville Train Depot

The railroad was such an integral factor in the founding of the town of Varnville in Hampton County that the town has lovingly restored this depot which was built in the 1880s. The Varnville area was known by the name of Dixie when it was originally settled in 1860.

Varnville Train Depot

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

When the railroad came 10 years later, its tracks ran along the northern side of the community. James Varn and his brother, Reverend Berry Varn, owned a sawmill north of the tracks. They sold their right of way to the railroad, and the town soon expanded across the tracks. A post office was established in 1872 and the town took the Varn brothers’ name.

Varnville Train Depot

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Port Royal & Augusta Railroad connected Port Royal to Augusta, Georgia in the 1870s. Depot stops along the way often generated enough shipping and commerce for nearby towns to flourish. The railroad later changed hands, and the Charleston & Western Carolina Railroad built the depot station pictured here.

Varnville Train Depot Tracks

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Varnville Train Depot Info

Address: West Palmetto Avenue and Sycamore Street, Varnville, SC 29944
GPS Coordinates: 32.852200,-81.081622

Varnville Train Depot Map

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2 Comments about Varnville Train Depot

SCIWAY says:
December 12th, 2016 at 11:04 am

Thank you for the suggestions! Our photos are donated by generous photographers, and we happen to have a page for the Kline Depot: If you have any photos that you would like for us to consider adding, here is the link on how to send them: Again, thank you for your comment!

John Foster says:
December 12th, 2016 at 9:36 am

I recommend you add a picture of the depot in Kline, SC. It is beautiful!

Also, Varnville has installed a caboose next to the depot.


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