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William Britton Store — Hemingway, South Carolina

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This vacant building in rural Hemingway once housed a store owned by William L. Britton, brother of deputy sheriff Walter E. Britton. Walter E. Britton began his career as a police officer for the Town of Hemingway in 1938. He worked in this capacity for three years before being named Chief of Police in 1941. After a successful run as police chief, he left law enforcement to tend to his farm. However, this hiatus lasted only two years before he returned to law enforcement as a game warden. In 1949 Britton joined the Williamsburg County sheriff’s department, where he remained until his retirement in 1964.

Walter Britton Grocery

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

William L. Britton owned and operated this local store and gas station on Radio Road. Though now empty, the store building still stands at one of Hemingway’s intersections, advertising Pure Oil on one side of its sign and 76 on the other. Pure Oil was purchased by Union Oil in 1965 and rebranded as Union 76 in the 1970s.

Britton Grocery

Linda Brown of Kingstree, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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William Britton Store Info

Address: Radio Road, Hemingway, SC 29554
GPS Coordinates: 33.697365,-79.464414

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3 Comments about William Britton Store

Nell BrittonNo Gravatar says:
July 6th, 2017 at 4:56 am

Walter Britton did not work in the store. William Britton and his wife Eunice worked in the store.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
July 5th, 2017 at 11:41 pm

Thank you for this information! Did William run the store as well? We have heard Walter worked in the store so this may have been where the confusion came in.

Nell BrittonNo Gravatar says:
July 5th, 2017 at 5:16 am

The store identified as the Walter Britton store was built and owned by Walter Britton’s brother, William L. Britton.


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