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Landrum Depot — Landrum, South Carolina

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Landrum Depot

The City of Landrum was incorporated in 1883, just a few years after railroad tracks were laid in the community. The area was first called Earlesville for the Earle family, who owned much of the surrounding land in the 1700s. Once John Landrum donated land for the tracks to service a train running from Spartanburg to Asheville, North Carolina in the late nineteenth century, the community was renamed for him. The Landrum Depot was built along with the railroad in 1877, but part of it was lost to fire a few years later; an addition eventually replaced the burned portion of the building. The depot’s most infamous story occurred during its grand opening on June 12, 1877, when United States Deputy Marshal J.S. Ledford from Spartanburg, who was arriving on the train’s inaugural stop in Landrum, was fatally stabbed by local moonshiners.

Landrum Depot

Michael Miller of Spartanburg, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The train depot continued to serve the residents of Landrum through much of the twentieth century; the last passenger train to stop here was in 1973. In 1974 city officials began plans to convert the depot into a civic center, which opened in 1976 with new floors and a kitchen. While the building was well-used in this capacity, by 2012 the city was ready to make the historic building even more accessible and undertook a renovation that would turn the former depot into a museum along with event and meeting space.

Landrum Train Depot in Winter

Lorin Browning of Landrum, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

On November 16, 2013 the Landrum Depot re-opened with a ceremony, and those in attendance were able to view the depot’s modern amenities such as an updated kitchen and technical equipment along with the restoration of original features, including exterior supporting eaves and interior wood-panel sliding doors. The quilt square gracing the front of the building was contributed by the Landrum Quilters. The pattern is aptly called, “Railroad Tracks.”

Silver Springs Filling Station – Landrum

Not far from the Landrum Depot, heading towards the North Carolina border, lies this quaint service station. The Silver Springs Filling Station is another example of Landrum’s love for renovated historic structures. Outside the old station, stands a tall gas pump that operated by hand-cranking gasoline into the glass reservoir at the top. No accurate mechanical pumps existed at this time so the measurement notches in the glass reservoir would determine how much gasoline had been dispensed.

Silver Springs Filling Station

James Simpson of Greenville, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Landrum Depot Info

Address: Coleman Street, Landrum, SC 29356
GPS Coordinates: 35.177173,-82.191637

Landrum Depot Map

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2 Comments about Landrum Depot

SC Picture Project says:
January 22nd, 2019 at 10:56 pm

It is a beautiful venue, but the SC Picture Project only highlights the history of landmarks and is not associated with any venue. We did find the contact number via Google; they can be reached by phone at (864)-457-3000. Good luck with everything!

Joyce says:
January 22nd, 2019 at 10:12 am

Interested in renting the depot March 16th (Sat).
Prices please.


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