Ridgeway Historic District

US 21 and SC 34, Ridgeway, South Carolina

Historic residential & commercial district in Ridgeway, SC

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Reid H. Brown House

Date: ca. 1895 Style: Queen Anne

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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Description 

The Ridgeway Historic District is significant as an example of a virtually intact turn-of-the-century town whose development was inextricably tied to agricultural prosperity. A majority of the buildings in the district were built between 1890 and 1915, the heyday of cotton production in the area. The community developed in an east-west linear pattern paralleling the Southern Railway tracks, completed in 1850. After a period of economic depression following the Civil War, Ridgeway began to develop as a commercial center serving area farmers. By 1880 there were ten stores located in the commercial district, two stores still survive. The town’s merchants constructed modern new brick stores along Palmer Street and some also built their homes in the residential section adjacent to the central business district. The district contains approximately thirty-one buildings including a commercial block with a predominance of simply ornamented two-story brick stores and a residential block with primarily asymmetrical, frame, weatherboarded houses lining the tree shaded streets. Styles include Queen Anne, Neo-Classical, Victorian, and Bungalow. Also included are a school, the town hall, and the police station. Listed in the National Register November 26, 1980.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 25, 1980
Reference number
80004466
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Queen Anne
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture; Agriculture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
District
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Specialty store; Business
Current functions
Single dwelling; Business; Specialty store
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1890; 1910
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 31
Non-contributing buildings: 6

Update Log 

  • July 5, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • October 31, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"

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