Pageland – Pageland, South Carolina

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Pageland is located in northwestern Chesterfield County, halfway between Chesterfield and Lancaster. A few families settled in the area as early as 1788, but the town itself was not chartered until the Cheraw-Lancaster Railroad built a depot here in 1904.

Pageland Farm

Chris Austin, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The railroad brought significant commerce to the area, and new businesses – such as the Blakeney Hotel, which primarily served train passengers – cropped up and created an economic boom for the community.

Blakeney Hotel

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1907, 157 residents signed a petition to incorporate the area and named it Pageland after Adolphus High “Dolly” Page. Page was the C&L engineer responsible for bringing the railroad through town.

Pageland Gym

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

After the Great Depression, Pageland, like most small communities, suffered a devastating economic blow. As a result, the Works Progress Administration went to work creating public buildings across the country and putting local residents to work in the process. This gymnasium, built of local stone, was one such project and likely went up around 1933, the same year neighboring Mount Croghan received a similar WPA structure.

Pageland Town Clock

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Despite the harsh economic setbacks experienced in the 1930s, Pageland is a surviving town. Though the railroad ceased operations in the 1940s, Pageland’s close proximity to Charlotte still brings many travelers its way. Several large industries and distribution centers have set up shop in Pageland, and there is a collection of small businesses downtown.

Pageland Farm SC

Chris Austin, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Importantly, this rural community is also home to many farms, such as the one pictured above. Its sandy soil is particularly well-suited for growing melons and peaches. Known as the “Watermelon Capitol of the World,” Pageland hosts the Watermelon Festival each July to celebrate this delicious summertime treat.

Pageland Info

Address: US Hwy 601, Pageland, SC 29728

Pageland Map

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One Comment about Pageland

Al SmarrNo Gravatar says:
August 25th, 2012 at 5:31 am

Nice scene. We had a “summer place” on the West Bank of the Broad River at Neal Shoals, SC (my paternal grandmother’s inheritance from the Crown before US was a country) and the last time I visited the ‘approach’ (from Carlisle) the paper company which bought all that land up had cleared the native mixed hardwood, softwood and planted all the same kind and it looked like a landscape from another planet…might make an interesting (if not uplifting photo (if still that way)…haven’t been back in years…


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