Though pronounced Try-o, the community of Trio near Andrews was named for a trio of brothers: William, Walter, and James Bryan. The Bryan brothers relocated to the area from North Carolina to establish a turpentine business along the Georgetown and Lanes Railroad. The railroad was built in 1882, and the following year, the Bryan brothers established a post office, officially naming the town Trio.
In keeping with the community’s name, the brick building actually served three purposes during its use. Not only was the postal service originally housed here, but a bank and store were also located in the same building at different points during the twentieth century. In fact, you can still see the sign for “The Bank of Trio” above the second-story windows in the photo above!
According to contributor Sandra Delaine Cave, Trio’s original post office was run by Jackie Salter, who also operated a farm on the Trio Road. Sandra also says there was once a cotton gin and grist mill on site, and a health clinic was located here as well.
The building last served as a store under the ownership of Victor and Pearl Rowell, who operated their business here until the early 2000s.
Reflections on the Trio Post Office
Linda Brown of nearby Kingstree contributed much of the information on Trio above and also the photos above and below. She also shares this interesting tidbit about the area: The Seaboard Road was built on the old Georgetown and Lane rail bed, and it is “the longest straight stretch of road in South Carolina – 20 miles without a single curve between Lane and Andrews.”
A reader named Jill Moore says, “My husband and I were out riding our motorcycle one Saturday and saw a sign for Trio (pronounced with a long i). I had seen this sign many times but had not seen this little town. So we drove through and the old post office caught my eye. I felt it represented Trio because the town is slowly dying. I understand that Trio use to be a thriving little train community, but the trains are gone now, and the town is reverting into just a few buildings at the cross roads.”
Jill further shares, “These little towns remind me of what used to be and puts my imagination on overdrive. What ghosts are wondering the town? Does one still hear the train whistles? Were there cattle pens for holding animals for shipping to market? Where was the general store? Did the general store have a pickle barrel, and sell boiled peanuts and RC Colas? These are some of the things that I think about when I see an old, dying town.”
More Pictures of the Trio Post Office