Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Landrum is the “Gateway to North Carolina and South Carolina”. Early settlers built a fort – Earl’s Fort – in the area around 1760, arriving from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Around 1880, along with the expansion of the railroad, the town of Landrum was founded, being named for John Gill Landrum, the man who gave the land on which to build the train depot that still stands today.
In 2018, the Pacolet River Rail Car came to rest at its final destintation – Landrum Depot. The citizens of Landrum have plans to turn this once busy Pullman Sleeper Car, built in 1949, into a local museum. The Pacolet River was one of 24 cars named after southern rivers. This particular Sleeper, named after the local Pacolet River, served rails from New York to New Orleans, traveling through Landrum from Spartanburg on its way to Asheville. It is 85 feet long, and in its heyday provided 10 roomettes for one passenger or six bedrooms for two. Hopefully, soon, visitors will be able to step into a bygone era.
In 1973, this incorporated town became a city, having seen its industry change over the years from corn and timber early on to cotton to textiles and then to peaches as its main cash crop. Nonetheless, the antiques-and-collectibles business has found a home in Landrum, becoming a day-trip destination for many, year round. As you stroll through this city, population 2,376+/-, enjoying the many fine shops and popular restaurants you will be greeted with friendly smiles and waves, undoubtedly from someone you know. Landrum’s top schools, public library, horse farms and commerce are just a few of the many amenities that attract people from all over, considering relocation. You’ll find easy access to I-26, Highways 176 & 9 and only minutes to I-85.
Make Landrum, SC your home today!