Port Royal Town Clock – Port Royal, South Carolina

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Barry Gooch, who contributed the photo below, lived in Port Royal as a child and shares with us his knowledge of the area.

Barry Gooch of Port Royal © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Barry writes: “The building shown to the left of the clock is Scheper’s Store. It was built in 1885 by F. W. Scheper. Mr. Scheper was a ship chandler and opened the store to support the burgeoning shipping industry in Port Royal. He also offered dry goods, groceries, as well as hay, and grain. Around 1900, he built an addition to the store which served as the local post office. The post office was relocated to a concrete building across the street after WWII. The post office addition was destroyed by Hurricane Gracie in 1959. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The registry states the store closed in 1950. This is incorrect. Mr. Scheper operated the store at least through 1956.

“A large two-story wooden building, formerly a tavern, stood on the opposite corner behind the clock. This was used as a warehouse until it too was destroyed by Hurricane Gracie. The Port Royal train depot was located near this intersection. The depot was the major debarkation point for young recruits destined for the Marine Corps Recruit Training Depot at Parris Island, across the river from Port Royal.”

Port Royal Town Clock

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Port Royal Town Clock Info

Address: 700 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, SC 29935
Website: http://www.portroyal.org/

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David ChaplinNo Gravatar says:
August 27th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I am in the third generation of the Chaplin family that grew-up in Port Royal (before the change), and my daddy was Robert G. “Capt. Bobby” Chaplin who knew these streets before me. He told me he used to work for F. W. “Mr. Willie” Scheper when he was 14 (1946), carrying ice-blocks to ice boxes, among other things. He and his older brother Jack were Marines when old enough, but he also told me how the Port Royal neighborhood kids would bring and sell candy bars or home-made sandwiches to young Marine recruits as they sat in the train at the station (just beyond this Town Clock).


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