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The naturally elevated ridge of the land in Saluda County is known, appropriately, as “The Ridge,” and like most areas in South Carolina, was inhabited by Native Americans before it was settled by Europeans in the 1700s.

Ridge Spring Town Clock

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

In 1869, a railroad was built through the area, accompanied by a water tower. Families whom came to be near the train depot and fresh spring water called their new community Ridge Spring. Local folklore holds that the Native Americans chipped out the rocky basin into which the refreshing spring water flows. The Southern Railway depot, seen below, was relocated from its original spot near the town clock to its present location beneath towering silos.

Ridge Spring Depot

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

According to contributor Linda Brown, peach farming began here in 1925, and “The Ridge” is responsible for 85 percent of the peach production in South Carolina. Over the years, farmers have also successfully grown corn, asparagus, soybeans, and cotton in this rural area of Saluda County.

Ridge Springs Peaches

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

Ridge Spring was incorporated on December 23, 1882, and the town had a large centennial celebration during the fall of 1982. This celebration has now become tradition, and each October, Ridge Spring holds a Harvest Festival.

Ridge Spring Tractor

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

Main Street in Ridge Spring SC

Main Street is home to a library, a dentist’s office, a police station, and a pharmacy.
(Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Downtown Ridge Spring’s Main Street features several businesses and community resources, including a pubic library. The building that now houses the library also recently served as a visitor’s center. The bank below is also located on Main Street, just east of the above storefronts.

Ridge Spring SC Bank

This bank, a branch of First Citizens, bears an inscription on its facade that reads, “Erected 1918.”
(Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Main Street in Ridge Spring, Saluda County

Ridge Spring’s water tower, as seen from Main Street.
(Larry Gleason of Aiken, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


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