Shamrock Hotel – Blackville, South Carolina
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The Shamrock Hotel in Blackville was built in 1912, and during its heyday it was a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike. However, during the 1960s business began to decline and the hotel closed during the winter months. It closed for good in 1968 but several business continued to operated out of the first floor until 1982.
The lobby of the Shamrock was once a lively place, filled with people playing games like pool and poker. According to the Barnwell County Museum, the lobby floor had white ceramic tile with “The Shamrock” written in green tiles near the entrance. A dining room took up a third of the second floor, and there was a kitchen and a screened porch in the back. The hotel had 30 guest rooms, each with their own private restroom.
Passengers from trains in the 1940s frequently stayed at the Shamrock Hotel while passing through Blackville. When the use of trains declined and more people began using cars, unfortunately business declined for the hotel as well.
Even though the Shamrock has not been well preserved, Blackville hopes to restore it back to its former glory.
Many thanks to Melissa Roberts of Barnwell for submitting this picture in February 2011.
To learn more about the Shamrock Hotel, make sure to read this great information from the Barnwell County Virtual Museum. It even has a picture of what the Shamrock used to look like!
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