Inscription. Conrad Ehrhardt was born in Weiterade Kuhrhessen Germany on December 13, 1832 and left home at the age of 19 to come to America. He came with only 25 cents in his pocket and skills that he aquired from the mills, in which he had worked, in Germany. To strengthen his knowledge and mechancial aptitude, he did extensive reading on all books involving engineering and machinery. Once in America, he joined with other Germans along the Little Salkehatchie River on the Moccasin Branch where he operated a farm and sawmill. A waterwheel fed by water from the dam, which they built and still standing today, powered the sawmill. After a fire destroyed the mill in 1860, he moved his family to the present site of Ehrhardt. Conrad was a very industrious young man. Without a water source, he built a boiler to power his new sawmill by steam. The mill proved to be very successful and it wasn't long before others flocked to Ehrhardt. As others arrived, Conrad saw the need for other services and built other businesses to meet the people's needs. Besides the sawmill, he built a planing mill, flour and gristmill, rice mill, cotton gin, buckle plant ( for horse harnesses ), and a general store which also served as the first post office in 1876, and subsequently, the first train depot. Now that his sons were older they could manage other businesses. Conrad then
By Mike Stroud, 2007
|1. Conrad Ehrhardt Railroad Park Marker|
proceeded to convince the Atlantic Coast Line to build a railroad spur from Greenpond to Ehrhardt.
By Mike Stroud, 2007
|2. Caboose, future musuem, a tribute to ACL Railroad and the BE&W ( that never finished)|
|Currently, all that is on diplay at park that is still in the making|
With the completion of the railroad, Conrad began selling housing lots in the town and the town was incorporated in 1898. The incorporation set the tide for more businesses to come and Ehrhardt grew to over 1000 people by 1900. He was also a man with high Christian standards and a very generous person. He lived and practiced the standards of his own expressed words. "Try to owe no man anything but goodwill and endervor to pay that to all." It was this goodwill that led him to make a covenant with God as he was traveling to America, to build a church in the area he settled with his prosperity. He donated 2 acres for the Ehrhardt Memorial Lutheran Church and retired its outstanding debt when it was completed in 1904. He built a 10,000 gallon water tower sixty feet high to provide water for town residents for a small fee. And finally, he donated land to the town of Ehrhardt for the use as a cemetery, to which, he became its 1st occupant on September 13, 1908. Subsequent to his death, a 2nd railroad line, The BE&W, was started to provide transportation between Ehrhardt, Bamberg, and Walterboro (never finished) for the workers and merchants to do business with Ehrhardt. Ehrhardt provided significant shipments by rail of lumber products, as well as, growing agricultural & fertilizer
products. The Atlantic Coast Line loaded over 40 boxcars of watermelons on a busy day.
By Martha Clayton Banfield, circa 2008
|3. Mikki Ehrhardt Murden, Great Granddaugther of Conrad Ehrhardt|
|Mikki Ehrhardt Murden, Great Granddaugther of Conrad Ehrhardt, holding two original photos of Conrad Ehrhardt, and his wife Anna Doredea King Ehrhardt.|
Erected by State of South Carolina.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
Location. 33° 5.8′ N, 81° 0.85′ W. Marker is in Ehrhardt, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker is at the intersection of Low Country Hwy (South Carolina Route 64) and Broxton Bridge Road / Broadway Street (U.S. 601), on the right when traveling west on Low Country Hwy. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ehrhardt SC 29081, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, as the crow flies. Ehrhardt Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mt. Pleasant Church (approx. 1.5 miles away); St. Johns Baptist Church (approx. 3.6 miles away); Bonnie E. Cone (approx. 4 miles away); Colleton County Confederate Soldiers (approx. 4.9 miles away); Our Confederate Dead (approx. 4.9 miles away); A Tradition of Remembering, A Legacy of Preservation (approx. 4.9 miles away); Rivers Bridge Confederate Dead (approx. 4.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ehrhardt.
Regarding Conrad Ehrhardt Railroad Park. The sidebar on the left identifies the marker as being part of the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor series. It reads, "Visit our Heritage landscapes - from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Charleston Lowcountry - and discover South
Carolina's history, people and places.
In the center of marker is a portrait of Conrad Ehrhardt, (1832-1908). Additional pictures on the marker include:
Ehrhardt's first sawmill, Ehrhardt's first General Store, Ehrhardt Memorial Lutheran Church, Ehrhardt's second train depot, and the B E & W Railroad.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for Ehrhardt, SC. (Submitted on May 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. History of Ehrhardt, SC. If you have ever been to Ehrhardt, South Carolina, youíll notice that we live a slower paced lifestyle, and itís almost like going back in time. Everyone knows everyone else and thereís always a friendly hand waving as you pass them in the street.
The town of Ehrhardt itself is located in Bamberg County, and there are many outlying farms and properties encompassing what is considered Ehrhardt. It has been there since 1860, so has a rich and diverse history. (Submitted on July 20, 2010, by Martha Clayton Banfield of Bamberg, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,821 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3. submitted on July 20, 2010, by Martha Clayton Banfield of Bamberg, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Picture of the dam on Moccasin Branch, reported by the marker as still standing. • Can you help?
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