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Shamrock Hotel — Blackville, South Carolina

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The Shamrock Hotel in Blackville was built in 1912, and during its heyday it was a popular gathering place for locals and visitors alike. However, during the 1960s business began to decline and the hotel closed during the winter months. It closed for good in 1968, though several business continued to operated out of the first floor until 1982.

Shamrock Hotel

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The lobby of the Shamrock was once a lively place, filled with people playing games like pool and poker. According to the Barnwell County Museum, the lobby floor had white ceramic tile with “The Shamrock” written in green tiles near the entrance. A dining room took up a third of the second floor, and there was a kitchen and a screened porch in the back. The hotel had 30 guest rooms, each with their own private restroom.

Shamrock Hotel Interior

Tom Taylor of Greenville, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Passengers from trains in the 1940s frequently stayed at the Shamrock Hotel while passing through Blackville. When the use of trains declined and more people began using cars, unfortunately business declined for the hotel as well.

Shamrock Hotel Aerial

Larry Gleason, Aiken Aerial Photography, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Though the Shamrock has not been well preserved, Blackville hopes to restore it back to its former glory. To learn more about the Shamrock Hotel, make sure to read this great information from the Barnwell County Virtual Museum. It even has a picture of what the Shamrock used to look like!

Shamrock Blackville

Pete Lawrence of Sumter, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Below is a composite image of the Shamrock Hotel created by frequent contributor Tom Taylor. Taylor combined a recent photo of the hotel with an old photo depicting the hotel in its prime. The result allows viewers to see the remains of the Shamrock Hotel while envisioning what it looked like during its operational days.

Shamrock Composite

Tom Taylor of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Shamrock Hotel

Contributor Treva Thomas Hammond shares her experience capturing the Shamrock Hotel: “This is the remaining facade of the once-thriving Shamrock Hotel, circa 1913. In its heyday, it was a gathering place for locals as well as a hotel for travelers coming through on the train from various locations. While walking through the ruins, you can almost hear the hustle and bustle of activity from years past.”

Shamrock Hotel Blackville

Treva Thomas Hammond of Rock Hill, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Add your own reflections here.

Shamrock Hotel Info

Address: Main Street at Walker Street, Blackville, SC 29817
GPS Coordinates: 33.354823,-81.272180

Shamrock Hotel Map

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