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Trio Post Office — Trio, South Carolina

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Though pronounced try-o, the community of Trio near Andrews was named for a trio of brothers: William, Walter, and James Bryan. The Bryan brothers relocated to the area from North Carolina to establish a turpentine business along the Georgetown and Lanes Railroad. The railroad was built in 1882, and the following year the Bryan brothers established a post office here, seen below, and officially called the town Trio.

Bank of Trio

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In keeping with the community’s name, the brick building actually served three purposes during its use. Not only was the postal service originally housed here, but a bank and store were also located in the same building at different points during the twentieth century. Store owners Victor and Pearl Rowell operated their business here until the early 2000s.

Rowell Brothers

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jill Moore of Georgetown, 2004 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Many thanks to Linda Brown for sharing the above information.

More Pictures of the Trio Post Office

Trio Post Office and Bank

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Trio Post Office and Bank

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Trio Post Office and Bank

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on the Trio Post Office

Contributor Linda Brown continues to share interesting information on Trio. She says that Seaboard Road was actually built on the old railroad bed and that it is “the longest straight stretch of road in South Carolina – 20 miles without a single curve between Lane and Andrews.”

Jill Moore says, “My husband and I were out riding our motorcycle one Saturday and saw a sign for Trio (pronounced with a long I). I had seen this sign many times but had not seen this little town. So we drove through and the old post office caught my eye. I felt it represented Trio because the town is slowly dying. I understand that Trio use to be a thriving little train community, but the trains are gone now, and the town is reverting into just a few buildings at the cross roads.

“These little towns remind me of what used to be and puts my imagination on overdrive. What ghosts are wondering the town? Does one still hear the train whistles? Were there cattle pens for holding animals for shipping to market? Where was the general store? Did the general store have a pickle barrel, and sell boiled peanuts and RC Colas? These are some of the things that I think about when I see an old, dying town.

Add your own reflections here.

Trio Post Office Info

Address: Seaboard Road, Trio, SC 29595
GPS Coordinates: 33.485492,-79.717705

Trio Post Office Map

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5 Comments about Trio Post Office

alexNo Gravatar says:
August 14th, 2016 at 8:39 pm

I was there in 1997. Nice little village. I saw cotton fields.

johnny ChavisNo Gravatar says:
August 2nd, 2016 at 4:26 pm

I was in Trio, S.C. in 1993 for a family meeting. I loved going in there for a cold soda.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 15th, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hi Ernest! If you happen to pass by there again it would be great if you came across additional information – or sent us a another picture if you would like! We would love to have more about this building and town. Thank you for commenting! – SCIWAY

ErnestNo Gravatar says:
February 15th, 2012 at 11:29 am

I think it used to be the Bank of Trio too. I go by there all the time. I will pay close attention the next time I do …

Donna WaldenNo Gravatar says:
July 21st, 2010 at 8:03 am

My father was born in Trio before the stock market crashed in 1929, my grandfather worked at this post office and was one of the few that owned a vehicle to deliver the mail. He lost his job after the Post office was closed, and I assume Trio started to die out as little towns do.


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