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ronald w crayne

Laurens, SC

#1 Jul 26, 2011
born and raised in whitmire left in 1966 i have a question for town council how did you get permission from the s c historical society to deface the wall on main street where you made your flower garden
Whitmire Main Street

United States

#2 Jul 28, 2011
The wall was in disrepair and was a safety issue. It is also on SCDOT right-of-way. The flower beds were built of recycled brick from the historic Park Street School as a safety barrier next to the sidewalk and new steps (with handrails) were also constructed. The 100 year old horse hitching rings were also left in place. All of this was approved by the SCDOT.
ronald w crayne

Laurens, SC

#3 Jul 29, 2011
you still have not answered my question!
Whitmire Main Street

United States

#4 Jul 30, 2011
The wall was enhanced (not defaced) and the SC Historical Society had no jurisdiction over that project. Non of the structures (including the wall)on Main Street have been officially declared historical nor have been added to a formal list on the state level.
Pilar

Charlotte, NC

#5 Oct 3, 2011
I had the pleaseure of doing business in Whitmire in the last week and found it really odd that most of the business were closed after 12pm on Wednesday's. after doing a little research and talking to the locals I found out that the reason for that is because of an old bi-law that mandated businesses to close down for the sell-trade-purchase of slaves during those hours. If this is true the State of South Carolina, the county of Newberry, and the town of Whitmire should be ashamed of its self. Everyone that I spoke to in the town of Whitmire siad the same thing "Its always been like this as long as I can remember". If you are one of those people then I challenge you to find out why this is being practiced in 2011. and if after your research you find that what I said is true then I further challenge you to make the necessary changes to the bi-laws and have this practice abolished. My family has been a pilar in the Whitmire community for over 200+ years and I'm ashamed of what is being practiced within this community.
Wolverines

Lugoff, SC

#6 Oct 5, 2011
Sorry - but the town of Whitmire wasn't incorporated until December 18, 1891 - long after slavery was abolished. I'm not sure why this was started on Wednesdays, but it is left up to each individual business to remain open or to close early. The town itself has no current laws enforcing this.
Wolverines

Lugoff, SC

#7 Oct 5, 2011
Just found out that the businesses closed early on Wednesdays to give their employees some "time off." The stores were open six days a week - Monday through Saturday and closing Wednesday afternoon was considered giving employees a break in the middle of the week. All businesses were closed on Sundays. This is just a tradition that many businesses still abide by today. In Whitmire's case, it has nothing to do with slavery. It's a shame that someone would imply this without finding out all the facts!
Charles Shugart

United States

#8 Nov 6, 2011
In reply to Pilar comments on Oct 3, 2011.
I have lived in several small towns in South Carolina, and other states and traveled through a lot of City and Towns in Washington State, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada, California, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina just to name a few. A lot of those small Towns have a day either Wednesday or Thursday that the bussiness close after twelve noon, and I have asked the same question. Why ? The answer has allways been, "this is done to allow the people that work six days a week to have time off to pay their own dues, to do their running around, and to have a life," seems logical to me. I never any other reason, period.
ferrumitzal

Ladys Island, SC

#9 Dec 9, 2012
To whom would I need to speak with regarding the purchase of some of the bricks and wooden beams being removed from the old mill in Whitmire? I drive through that beautiful town at least once a month and would love to use some of these historic items for a pole barn I'm currently designing. I would also be interested in any architectural ironwork (corner braces, piping, poles) that might be available.

I have stopped in at the mill on several occasions, but there's never anyone working there, and this is in the middle of the work-day. The stockpiles on the opposite side of the road appear to have been abandoned, as well.

I would sincerely like to incorporate some of these materials into the non-structural design of the barn/shop I am designing. Any help you could lend would be sincerely appreciated. Thank you for your time.

ferrumitzal@gmail.com

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