Fort Motte – Fort Motte, South Carolina

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This abandoned post office once made up the heart of the town of Fort Motte in Calhoun County. Now extinct, the town is part of present-day St. Matthews. There are a few other abandoned buildings along the railroad tracks, including the former jail. The origins of the town go back to a military outpost during the Revolutionary War. A skirmish known as the Battle of Fort Motte took place near this forgotten community, lending the town its name.

Fort Motte

Leonard Vaughan of Lexington, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A village was established here in the mid eighteenth century, and the town was officially incorporated in 1875. Fort Motte continued to thrive into the twentieth century. However, the arrival of the interstate replaced the town’s railroads, leading to the ultimate demise of Fort Motte. Little remains of the former town, but remnants of Fort Motte’s days as a thriving village can be seen in its vacant buildings.

Ft Motte

Leonard Vaughan of Lexington, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: Town Square Street, St. Matthews, SC 29135

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3 Comments about Fort Motte

Beth Rickborn Hardage says:
March 17th, 2015 at 6:16 pm

My mother was born in Fort Motte. Her father worked for Southern Railway at the depot there.

Elizabeth C Robinson says:
January 11th, 2015 at 2:09 am

I was raised a few miles out of the town of Fort Motte but spent a lot of time there. My best friends mother was Post Mistress there. The town still had one general store as well as the Post Office at that time ( In the early 50s) Sorry that these little towns have to fade away to nothing. Lots of memories there.

Leonard VaughanNo Gravatar says:
June 6th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

The Ft. Motte Post Office was once located in a portion of this brick building.


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