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Cades Depot

The community of Cades in Williamsburg County is best known for being the birthplace of Governor Robert McNair, who served as South Carolina’s governor during the Orangeburg Massacre. The Northeast Railroad laid tracks through the town in 1856, but it would be several more years before a depot was built as no train stopped in Cades at the time. When a post office was established in 1887, the town changed its name from Camp Ridge to Cades, and this depot was built to accommodate stops between Lake City and Kingstree.

Cades Depot

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The town charter for Cades was officially issued on March 4, 1904. At the time, Cades covered one square mile and had 190 residents. Cades is also the site of the old Cooper’s Academy, a private boarding school for black children.

Cades Train Depot

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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Address: County Road S-45-192, Cades, SC 29518
GPS Coordinates: 33.785359,-79.784981

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