Ella’s Grove – Centenary, South Carolina

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These photos show the Ella’s Grove area of Centenary, in lower Marion County. The weather-beaten brick building to the left is one of the last of a vanishing breed – the country general merchandise store.

Jerri S. White of Marion, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1975, the Florence Morning News detailed the history of the brick building, writing “If you need a collar for your mule, a cast iron frying pan, a pair of blue jeans, or a pack of potato chips, the Davis Brothers store at Centenary is where you can find it.”

Ella's Grove

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Marion County’s oldest continuously-operated business, the Davis family store has been supplying their friends and neighbors with groceries, clothing, hardware, and farm supplies since 1867.

Davis Buildings

BJ Thurman of Conway, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Centenary

BJ Thurman of Conway, who contributed the exquisite photo of the Davis buildings above, also sent the following info: “This is a photo of two old store buildings on the BF Davis Plantation known as Ella’s Grove in Centenary, SC. Centenary is located in lower Marion County. The old home, built circa 1850 is no longer on the property as it was moved to Marion in 1889.”

Jerri S. White of Marion, who took the lovely shot at the top of this page, writes this: “The photo was taken for a tour of the Centenary area of Marion County by the Pee Dee Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. The following is an excerpt from tour notes: “The business was founded on January 1, 1867, by B. F. Davis, the grandfather of the present owner, a few miles east of the present location at Dog Bluff on Little Pee Dee River. There was no railroad transportation in the area at the time, and roads were poor, so supplies for the store had to be brought up the river on barges. A few years later, however, land transport had improved, and Davis moved his operations to the population center of the community, to the present site. The frame building which Davis built here as his second store still stands on the site, and is used by the present owners as a warehouse. The present brick store building was built by him (James Clement Davis) in 1915.”

Linda Brown of Kingstree says, “These three old buildings seemed to me to be basking in the sunlight of a warm January afternoon. If only their walls could talk.”

Add your own reflections here.

Ella’s Grove Info

Address: No Name Road off South Carolina Highway 41, Centenary, SC 29571

Ella’s Grove Map

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4 Comments about Ella’s Grove

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 26th, 2014 at 8:31 am

Hi Garrin! If you would like to submit photos to the South Carolina Picture Project, just go to ‘SC Photos’ at the top of the page on the right, and it will guide you through. Thank you for commenting!

GarrinNo Gravatar says:
March 25th, 2014 at 9:44 pm

I was up there the other day and took a few pictures, but not sure how to share them on here. I did see a bunch of old barns behind these three but didn’t get pics. Can go back if needed.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
April 13th, 2011 at 9:59 am

Hi Brent! We are so glad that you enjoyed the photo, and so far this is our only photograph of the barns. Hopefully, SCIWAY visitors will send us some more in the future!

BrentNo Gravatar says:
April 12th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

These photos bring forth several emotions. My grandmother as well as my mother, six aunts, and one uncle were born and raised in these very barns. Thanks for the photo and how can I view more?

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