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The Anderson County town of Starr may be small now with a population of fewer than 200 residents, but at one point it was a bustling hub of activity as a stop along the Charleston and Western Carolina Railway. The community was established during the late 1830s and originally called Twiggs. When the town was officially chartered in 1888, its name was changed to Starr in honor of railroad official Captain W.W. Starr.

Starr Post Office

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Starr also flourished as an agricultural community, and stately homes built in the Starr countryside during the early twentieth century, such as Evergreen Plantation, reflect the success of local farmers. Farms such as Milky Way Farm continue find success in the Upstate community.

Strickland Store Starr

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

However, when the new South Carolina Highway 81 was developed in the mid-to-late the twentieth century, Starr saw the demise of its train depot and the commercial street now called Old Highway 81, where the former town hall and post office, seen at the top of this page, once greeted residents. Above and below, abandoned stores line the empty road. The building above served as a store established by Stephen E. Strickland. Strickland’s children acquired the business in 1894, and the mercantile was reborn as a grocery store. The building below was a service station owned by Mr. McDougald. (Many thanks to Kay Arnold Kirk for helping us identify this structure.)

Brick Building Starr

Jim Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

One of the most beloved landmarks in Starr is the Old Shiloh School, a rapidly disintegrating one-room schoolhouse located in a cow field.


Starr Info


Address: South Carolina Highway 81, Starr, SC 29684
GPS Coordinates: 34.377915,-82.695718


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6 Comments about Starr

Gent BrownNo Gravatar says:
September 20th, 2017 at 6:50 pm

The mystery building was a bank. I think maybe People’s Bank know the person that got the safe out and where it is.

Janis McCoyNo Gravatar says:
August 28th, 2017 at 4:54 pm

I remember in the late summer and early fall, wagons lined up at the cotton gin.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
August 28th, 2017 at 12:56 pm

Kay, thank you so much for providing us this info! We have added it with a credit to you. If you have any other info about the old service station, please send it our way. We’d really appreciate it and would love to add it. Thanks!

Kay Arnold KirkNo Gravatar says:
August 26th, 2017 at 3:00 pm

The little brick building above was a service station. I was owned & ran by a Mr. McDougald. He walked with a limp.

DebbieNo Gravatar says:
August 26th, 2017 at 9:12 am

I remember walking to these stores when I was young, maybe eight or nine. We’d go to these stores to get candy and Cokes. The tall building was a broom shop where they made brooms. We’d sit out on the fire escape and eat ice cream we had bought at “Shores Store” that was next door.

Marcy Trott Hawley says:
May 30th, 2016 at 9:58 pm

I believe the "mystery building" was a gas station.




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