Friday, June 1, 2007
This is a collage of photos of Branchvill homes just South of the main intersection of Hwy 21 and Hyw 78 for a few blocks. It is a most pleasant stroll and there is a Dollar General store handy for whatever needs you might have developed on the highway.
The main intersection of downtown Branchville, South Carolina, is where Highway 78 comes from Bamberg in the West and crosses Highway 21 which feeds in travelors from Orangeburg to the North of Branchville.
From this main highway intersection, you are only one block from the internationally famous Branchville Railroad Shrine and Museum where the First Railroad Junction in the World was constructed and is located.
Most people who make that one block walk like to stop in at The Churn for a burger and a soda snack. But the China Town restaruant can provide a heavier meal for those who are really hungry.
When the "drummers", who were the traveling salesmen, who rode into Branchville on the early locomotive pulled trains, with both their freight and passenger cars, arrived, they needed only to walk across the street about half a block for a well deserved rest and a filling and delicious meal awaiting them at the Old Merchants Hotel.
When you visit the Branchville Depot Shrine and Museum and experience the feeling of history which surrounds the World's First Railroad Junction, then you will want to take a slow stroll a few blocks in both directions, in order to also get the feel of the many beautiful homes which have housed the generations of merchants, farmers, and railroad workers since Branchville was founded.
And also, you will be impressed with several of the historic old buildings in which the food, hardware, and feed and seed businesses are located. Stop in and talk to the merchants and ask them about showing you whatever antiques have decorated their stores for decades. There are some real treasures that you will not want to miss.
I am beginning this web page on June 1, 2007, under the name of EDISTO MEMORIES, because I was raised in the "Low-country" of South Carolina which is watered by the Edisto River. That river has been the center of many activities and the basis of the precious memories of generations of the "Low-country" residents since the ancestors arrived from the "old country".
Many of my postings will be from a column -- Eddie's Edisto Memories -- which is periodically published in a county weekly newspaper in the area and the columns are the way that I look back into the wonderful history of the people and area of "Low-country" South Carolina.
I currently live in the South Carolina "Low-country" area which is also home to the World's First Railroad Junction. The Branchville (SC) Railroad Depot and Museum is a popular tourist stop here in my adopted home town in Orangeburg County.