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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Ella’s Grove Info
Address: No Name Road off South Carolina Highway 41, Centenary, SC 29571
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