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Fort Motte – Fort Motte, South Carolina


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This farm land is mostly what is left of Fort Motte in Calhoun County. Now extinct, the town is part of present-day St. Matthews. There are a few abandoned buildings along the railroad tracks, including the former jail.

Fort Motte Farm

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The abandoned post office below once made up the heart of the town. The origins of Fort Motte 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


Fort Motte Info


Address: Town Square Street, St. Matthews, SC 29135
GPS Coordinates: 33.739255,-80.691713

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5 Comments about Fort Motte

Laurin Thomas says:
June 24th, 2016 at 12:27 pm

I am a Christie. My Great-Grandfather was Joseph Christie. I don't believe there are any Christies left in Fort Motte, but I would love to make connections to see our old family home and meet people who may have knon my family, although we have been gone a long time. My great-Aunt, Myrtle Christie Caliman Moore, I believe, was the last born there. We brought her to visit about a year before she died. She also collected Julia Peterkin books.

Jackie Whitmore says:
June 13th, 2015 at 8:29 am

Check out the 2015 The Fort Motte Community Festival Reunion

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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