Pinewood Depot – Pinewood, South Carolina

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Imagine living at a time when traveling, acquiring basic household goods, and even sending and receiving mail depended on local railways. Such was the case in the community of Pinewood when this depot was completed in 1889. The railway, then part of the Atlantic Coastal Line, stretched between the towns of Sumter and Denmark and connected people to their way of life until the 1950s.

Pinewood Depot in Sumter County

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pinewood Depot

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

Pinewood is the only remaining depot in Sumter County. Though it is not currently in use, the railway is owned by transportation company CSX. The depot is owned and maintained by the Sumter County Historical Society and is listed in the National Register, which says the following:

Pinewood was founded in 1888 when the railroad made this rural community a station on the line to Sumter. The Pinewood Depot was erected by 1889 in the center of the village and was the center of the community during the heyday of the railroad. It is a one-story gable end building with a metal roof and board and batten siding. The wide eaves of the roof are supported by curved knee braces and the ends of the rafters are sawn to form an ellipse.

Though abandoned for use after passenger rail transportation ceased in the mid-twentieth century, the depot is still viewed by residents of Pinewood as an important landmark. It is symbolic of the importance of rail transportation in the rural agricultural communities of the state. The depot was a conduit not only for travel, but also for mail, the transportation of goods, and was a window to the outside world. Most importantly, the Pinewood Depot is the last railroad depot standing in Sumter County.

Pinewood Depot Info

Address: East Avenue and Clarke Street, Pinewood, SC 29125

Pinewood Depot Map

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