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Glenn Springs Post Office — Glenn Springs South Carolina

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The community of Glenn Springs began in the early nineteenth century as a resort village that attracted people from all over to visit its popular mineral spring. John B. Glenn built a small inn and a few cabins on his land, which included the spring, sometime between 1825 and 1827.

Glenn Springs Post Office

Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1838 a large hotel and spa replaced the first inn and became wildly popular among elite vacationers throughout the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth century. The Glenn Springs Hotel’s reputation as a desirable destination ensured the development of Glenn Springs, and by the end of the nineteenth century the resort town boasted several homes along with two churches, a store, and the post office seen above.

Glenn Springs Post Office Spartanburg

Bill Segars of Hartsville, 2007 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Built around 1900, the Glenn Springs Post Office originally was located next to the hotel, which burned in 1941. The postmaster was Robert Allen Cates, also proprietor of nearby Cates Store. Cates also operated the billiard table at the Glenn Springs Hotel. The popularity of the Glenn Springs Hotel began to fade in the early twentieth century with the development of highways in the state, which diverted travelers. The post office was moved to its current site in recent years.

The Glenn Springs Post Office is listed in the National Register as part of the Glenn Springs Historic District:

Glenn Springs Historic District is located in the community of Glenn Springs, which is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The history of the community focuses around the reputation of the mineral springs for their medicinal value and the related development of a popular resort hotel. The district contains nineteen properties, including several residences, two boarding houses, the ruins of a residence, two churches, a store, a post office, a pavilion, a cemetery, and the site of the Glenn Springs Hotel. Historically, the district represents the nineteenth and early twentieth century (ca. 1840-ca. 1940) development of Glenn Springs as a health resort and the community that grew up around it. Several buildings in the district are of local architectural significance as well, representing various vernacular and high styles of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries such as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, and Bungalow.

Glenn Springs Post Office Info

Address: Glenn Springs Road, Glenn Springs, SC 29374
GPS Coordinates: 34.816213,-81.830911

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