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The Town of Springfield sits just outside of Orangeburg near the Edisto River. The area was first known as Martin’s Pasture and later as Millersville. When plans for a railroad in Millersville were announced, European settlers moved to the area to take advantage of the rails to transport their goods. In 1887 a town was laid out with streets and boundaries by Captain John Guignard, and the hamlet was re-christened Springfield.

Downtown Springfield

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Records of the railroad in Springfield date the line to at least 1898, and this depot was likely built sometime in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. An annual report of the South Carolina Railroad Commission from 1916 states that the Southern Railroad, which operated the Springfield tracks, was ordered to built a shed and platform at the Springfield stop. A shed and platform do stand beside the former railroad tracks, which have been converted into a mile-long paved walking and bicycle path; the surrounding green space is now a public park, and the shed and platform are now used as a bandstand for community events.

Springfield Depot

Jack Lynes of Aiken, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In the late 1960s or early 1970s the former depot, seen above and below, was relocated from its original site in the center of town near the railroad tracks to a corner lot. It was restored for use as Springfield’s Town Hall and sat next to the fire station. However, Springfield Town Hall relocated to the former Springfield Graded School Annex building in the early 2000s; the fire station also moved to a new site. The old fire station is now used as a maintenance shed, and the former depot, which is still owned by the town, is presently vacant.

Springfield Train Depot

Jack Lynes of Aiken, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Springfield is probably best known for hosting the annual Governor’s Frog Jump Festival each spring. The event, modeled after the beloved Mark Twain story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” began in Springfield in 1969 and has continued ever since. Apparently, frogs from the Edisto River are among the best specimens for the contest, making Springfield the ideal location for the event. Other popular town gatherings include the annual Egg Striking held each Easter and the Tree Lighting and Tour of Homes, both of which take place during the Christmas season.

Springfield Community Center

Charles Payne of Rock Hill, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Rustic scenes such as the abandoned community center seen above and the weathered home pictured below are common sights along the country roads that take motorists through South Carolina railroad towns like Springfield. The house pictured below sits between Springfield and Sawyerdale on South Carolina Highway 3.

Springfield House

Campbell Freeman of Williston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Springfield

Contributor Campbell Freeman, who sent the above photo of the wooden house, says: “I am 62 years old and I remember it [this house] as a very young child on our trips to Columbia. I would always ask my parents to stop so I could look at it. I took pictures of it way back then with my first Kodak camera.”

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Springfield Info

Address: Railroad Avenue, Springfield, SC 29146
GPS Coordinates: 33.496753,-81.279300

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7 Comments about Springfield

BB says:
May 11th, 2019 at 8:56 am

Cool history!

Don Washington says:
March 5th, 2019 at 11:07 pm

Is there anyone around Springfield who can tell me about the Stroman Plantation, or are there any descendants? I need information on any slaves by the last name of James that were located on Hwy 4 from Springfield to Neeses. Also need info on the old Goodland School located in Goodland which was a big board house off of Ashetilla Road.

SCIWAY says:
August 3rd, 2017 at 1:42 am

A great way to start fundraising is through the sites like We recommend looking into starting the fundraiser and getting things going and we bet others will follow suit!

John Wesley Speer says:
August 2nd, 2017 at 12:14 pm

After reading the above message, it is hoped that many others will demonstrate the much needed interest in seeing the depot getting the much deserved attention it needs. I will be honored to make a contribution if someone gets the ball rolling on this. Thanks.

John Wesley Speer says:
August 1st, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Please, somebody, start a fund to restore the old Depot in Springfield! I was born in Springfield in 1938 and spent many happy days sort of hanging around there listening to the tap tap tap of the old telegraph with Mr Roof at the key. I hope to visit there soon and see a bit of the past. My grandfather, James B Smith worked in the bank there and my father, J B Speer was a city policeman at one time. Our family moved away in 1945 just after my first grade of school. Thank you, John Wesley Speer

SCIWAY says:
May 2nd, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Hello Cassandra, I have forwarded your request onto the photographer, Jack Lynes. Thank you!

Cassandra Bayer says:
May 2nd, 2017 at 6:49 pm

I would like the contact information for the photographer who did the photos of the Springfield Depot. I would like to us them for the revised kiosk program for a non-profit.


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