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Ridge Spring – Saluda County, South Carolina

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The naturally raised ridge of the land in Saluda County is known as “The Ridge,” and like many areas in South Carolina, was originally inhabited by Native Americans before it was settled 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. Many settlers moved to be near the train stop and fresh spring water thus forming the town of Ridge Spring. Town 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 farming 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

Ridge Spring Downtown

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

SCIWAY thanks Larry Gleason of Aiken for submitting the below pictures.

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One Comment about Ridge Spring

Wendy RunninghorseNo Gravatar says:
January 23rd, 2014 at 9:25 am

I was wondering if you have a Native Amerian festival and if so, how can I sell my jewelry there? I’m from Arizona and live in Greenville I make hand-made Tribal jewelry.

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