South Carolina Picture Project

Hartsville Depot — Hartsville, South Carolina


SC Picture Project  |  Darlington County  |  Hartsville Depot

This depot in Hartsville represents the tenacious enterprise of one man. Local businessman Major James Lide Coker understood the potential of a railroad line to change the economic landscape of a small town such as Hartsville towards the end of the nineteenth century. A merchant, he went to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company and proposed a local branch to transport goods and thus boost commerce. Though his proposal was rejected by the railroad company, Coker was undeterred. He formed the Hartsville Railroad Company in 1889, which ran a line from Hartsville to Floyds in Florence County.

Hartsville Train Station

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Atlantic Coast Line eventually bought out the independent yet successful transportation company, and in 1908 this passenger depot was built. The railroad continued with great success until 1940, when railway travel declined in popularity. At that time the Hartsville line of Atlantic Coast was discontinued. However, the depot was remodeled in 1948 and used as an office for the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company. It was remodeled again in 1980 and now houses the Hartsville Genealogical Research Library.

Hartsville Depot

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Hartsville Depot is listed in the National Register:

(Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Depot; Hartsville Depot) Hartsville’s former passenger station, constructed 1908 by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company, stands as a visual reminder of the railroad and its role in the growth and development of the town of Hartsville. The station is a one-story structure typical of early 20th century railroad design. The slate roof is hipped with a deep overhang which is supported by large wooden brackets. There are three dormers with semicircular louvers on both the front and rear of the structure. There are also three interior chimneys of varying proportions which pierce the roof at its crest. Opening onto the exterior are six single doors and two double doors, all with rectangular transoms.

In 1940, with the decline of passenger service, Atlantic Coast Line discontinued this line to Hartsville. In 1948 the station became the office for the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Company. At this time the slate roof was repaired, new gutters and downspouts were installed, and asbestos shingles were placed over the wood siding. Interior changes were also made to the western (left) section of the station to accommodate the office space.


Hartsville Depot Info


Address: 114 South 4th Street, SC 29550
GPS Coordinates: 34.374494,-80.070747


Hartsville Depot Map





Please Share Your Thoughts!


Did you enjoy this page? Do you have any information we should add? Send us your comments below — we can't wait to hear from you!



One Comment about Hartsville Depot

John Peebles says:
June 25th, 2016 at 6:13 pm

A clever, sensitive developer should be found to bring this building back to life!




SC PICTURE PROJECT

Join Us on Facebook
Search for Landmarks

SC TOWNS & LANDMARKS

Abbeville ACE Basin Aiken Allendale Anderson Awendaw Bamberg Banks Barns & Farms Barnwell Batesburg-Leesville Beaches Beaufort Beech Island Belton Bennettsville Bishopville Blackville Bluffton Bridges Bygone Landmarks Camden Carnegie Libraries Cemeteries Charleston Charleston Navy Base Cheraw Chester Churches Clemson Clinton Clio Colleges Columbia Conway Cordesville Courthouses Darlington Denmark Dillon Donalds Easley Edgefield Edisto Elloree Fairfax Florence Folly Beach Forests and Nature Preserves Fort Mill Fountain Inn Gaffney Garden City Beach Georgetown Glenn Springs Graniteville Greeleyville Greenville Greenwood Greer Hamburg Hampton Hartsville Hemingway Hilton Head Historical Photos Historic Houses Honea Path Hopkins Huger Hunting Island Isle of Palms Jails James Island Jamestown Johns Island Johnsonville Johnston Kiawah Island Kingstree Lake City Lake Marion Lakes Lancaster Landrum Latta Laurens Lexington Libraries Lighthouses Little River Manning Marion McClellanville McCormick Military Mills Moncks Corner Mountains Mount Carmel Mount Pleasant Mullins Murrells Inlet Myrtle Beach National Register Newberry Ninety Six North Augusta North Charleston North Myrtle Beach Orangeburg Pacolet Parks Pawleys Island Pendleton Pickens Piers Pinopolis Plantations Pomaria Port Royal Post Offices Ravenel Restaurants Ridge Spring Ridgeway Rivers Roadside Oddities Robert Mills Rock Hill Rockville Rosenwald Schools Salters Saluda Savannah River Site SC Artists SC Heroes of the Alamo Schools Seneca Shrimp Boats Society Hill Spartanburg Sports Springs St. George St. Helena Island St. Matthews Stores Sullivan's Island Summerton Summerville Sumter Sunset Synagogues Town Clocks Trains & Depots Trees Trenton Turbeville Ulmer Union Wadmalaw Island Walhalla Walterboro Waterfalls Water Towers West Columbia Westminster Winnsboro Yemassee York