South Carolina Picture Project
South Carolina Picture Project

Blythewood — Blythewood, South Carolina

SC Picture Project  |  Richland County  |  Blythewood

Adopt A South Carolina Landmark

The town of Blythewood was once known as Doko for its former Doko Depot, a popular stop along the railway between Columbia and Charlotte, North Carolina. Legend has it that “Doko” is a Native American word meaning “watering place,” and Doko Depot indeed supplied trains with water necessary for steam engines.

Blythewood Visitors Center

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Like many South Carolina railroads at the end of the Civil War, the Columbia-Charlotte Railway was destroyed in 1865 by General Sherman. However, unlike many towns dependent on these railways, Doko was able to rebuild – and survive. The town changed its name to Blythewood in 1877 – a name taken from a local school, the Blythewood Female Institute – and was incorporated in 1879. Today Blythewood prides itself on its history and tradition, and its Visitor Center (pictured above) introduces people to Blythewood, past and present. The center operates from its home in the Langford-Nord House, deeded to the town by former owner Cindy Nord in May of 2011.

Blythewood Town Hall

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Another former residence, the Hoffman House, serves the town for public use. Now Blythewood’s city hall, Hoffman House is the oldest building remaining in the town. The home was built in 1855, three years after the completion of the Columbia-Charlotte Railway. The home’s first owner, George Hoffman, was a successful planter and businessman. Records show that in 1860 his inventory included six slaves working 34 acres of land, and later he owned and operated a sawmill. The Hoffman House is listed in the National Register.

Blythewood Town Hall Marker

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The marker dedicated to Hoffman House is a fairly recent addition. Eighth grade students from Blythewood Middle School conducted research on the house as part of a South Carolina history project. While working with an archivist from the University of South Carolina, the students composed the body of information that can be read on the marker. After raising enough funds to add a marker to the Hoffman House, the students dedicated it in May of 2007.

Blythewood Store

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Some of Blythewood’s history can be experienced in unlikely venues. South Carolina Picture Project contributor Jim Jenkins tells us that the store pictured above was once known as “De Sto” and was the hotspot in Blythewood for penny candy. Today it is a children’s store, still bringing smiles to the children of Blythewood.

Blythewood Civic Center Pond

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Blythewood Civic Center (pictured above and below) – also known as The Manor – is a modern venue for community events, but many of Blyethwood’s cultural activities are held outside in equestrian centers. The practice facility for the University of South Carolina Equestrian Team is in Blythewood, and several United States Olympic equestrian teams have trained in Blythewood as well.

Blythewood Civic Center

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Blythewood

Jim Jenkins shares this memory about “De Sto”: “This store currently sells children’s clothes and toys. For many years it was a local favorite of children and families in the community. I hope viewers will add their rememberances to this location.”

Add your own reflections here.

Blythewood Info

Address: 100 McNulty Street, Blythewood, SC 29016
GPS Coordinates: 34.215875,-80.973585

Blythewood Map

Please Share Your Thoughts!

Did you enjoy this page? Do you have any information we should add? Send us your comments below — we can't wait to hear from you!

2 Comments about Blythewood

Martha Jones says:
October 22nd, 2013 at 8:18 am

Thank you, Mr. Jenkins, for your beautiful photos and descriptions. Blythewood is a terrific little town with a bounty of history and a wonderfully bright future!

J. Michael Ross says:
October 20th, 2013 at 5:28 am

Proud to be the Mayor of this beautiful town. Mr. Jenkins did a great job with pictures and descriptions of our new and historical sites!


Join Us on Facebook
Search for Landmarks


Abbeville ACE Basin Adams Run Aiken Alcolu Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cayce Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Chesterfield Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Daufuskie Island Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Erhardt Eutawville Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fort Mill Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Great Falls Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hardeeville Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Hodges Holly Hill Honea Path Hopkins Hotels & Inns Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Jamestown Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Lowndesville Manning Marion Mars Bluff McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinewood Pinopolis Plantations Pomaria Port Royal Post Offices Prosperity Ravenel Restaurants Ridgeland Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Santee Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stateburg Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Sunsets Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Troy Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Ware Shoals Waterfalls Water Towers Wedgefield West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Woodruff Yemassee York