Lenoir Store – Horatio, South Carolina
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The Lenoir Store is a family-owned general store and post office built in 1869. Known as Sumter County‘s oldest business establishment, the building still operates on the property of the Lenoir family’s original store, which opened prior to 1808.
The Lenoir Store is listed in the National Register, which has this to say:
The Lenoir Store, built prior to 1878, is a surviving example of the “old general store” and a standing reminder of life before strip malls and modern supermarkets. It is a one-story, weatherboard-clad building on a brick foundation. The gable end metal roof is disguised by a simple false store front. The porch is supported by simple knee brackets and plain square wooden posts.
Though the store now has prepackaged goods on its shelves, it maintains the look of the old general store and all of the equipment used in its early days, including an old cheese cutter, a tobacco cutter, ice tongs and penny scales. The store still serves as the local post office, since 1900, and retains its postal equipment installed at the turn of the century. It continues to serve as a focal point of the Horatio community, a small but readily identifiable community above Stateburg in the High Hills of Santee. The Lenoir family has operated a general store in Horatio since before 1808. It is the oldest business establishment in Sumter County.
Contributor James Jenkins provided SCIWAY with this additional insight: “The Lenoir Store has been operated by the Lenoir family since before 1808. The store includes a post office inside with 155 post office boxes, and 124 of those boxes are still in use. The post office is on the list of small post offices for closure. The store and post office represent the center of the social activity for the community and a way of life that is rapidly vanishing from the scene. I spent a delightful hour there talking with Beverly L. Johnson and taking photos of the store, post office, and surrounding area. I hope this site survives the proposed cuts.”
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Address: 3240 Horatio-Hagood Road, Horatio, SC 29062
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