Lenoir Store

3240 Horatio Rd., Horatio, South Carolina


Lenoir Store

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson

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An on site historical marker reads --

Since before 1808, the Lenoir family have operated a general store at the site of Horatio, S. C. Lenoir's Store is mentioned in the 1808 will of Isaac Lenoir, and later appears on Mills's 1825 map and McLaurin's 1878 map of Sumter County. The present structure was erected prior to 1878 and is maintained by Lenoir descendants as a traditional country store./ Erected by Sumter County Historical Commission, 1976 County: Sumter

Location: Horatio Hagood Rd. (S.C. Sec. Rd. 43-37), 2 mi. W of N. King’s Hwy (S.C. Hwy. 261), Horatio

Marker ID: 43-18

The Lenoir Store, built prior to 1878, is a surviving example of the “old general store” and a standing reminder of life before strip malls and modern supermarkets. It is a one-story, weatherboard-clad building on a brick foundation. The gable end metal roof is disguised by a simple false store front. The porch is supported by simple knee brackets and plain square wooden posts. Though the store now has prepackaged goods on its shelves, it maintains the look of the old general store and all of the equipment used in its early days, including an old cheese cutter, a tobacco cutter, ice tongs and penny scales. The store still serves as the local post office, since 1900, and retains its postal equipment installed at the turn of the century. It continues to serve as a focal point of the Horatio community, a small but readily identifiable community above Stateburg in the High Hills of Santee. The Lenoir family has operated a general store in Horatio since before 1808. It is the oldest business establishment in Sumter County. Listed in the National Register July 3, 1997. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 3, 1997
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Department store
Current function
Department store
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • October 23, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • December 2, 2012: Updated by Joseph Hinson: Added photos and historical marker info
  • December 2, 2012: Photo imported by Joseph Hinson