Ridge Spring in Saluda County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Small Town Living
Ridge Spring is populated by descendants of the early settlers as well as others who have discovered its beauty and friendly people. Although a public road opened in 1770 connecting the village to nearby cities, and a 1771 document reveals that King George awarded a land grant to settler John Anderson, the town was not incorporated until 1882. The town's name comes from the natural ridge on which the town sits and the spring behind Ridge Spring Baptist Church.
The land has been farmed since the 1700s, and in the 1900s the first commercially grown peaches in the Southeast grew in local orchards. Today the third largest peach producer in the nation is located in the area. The rich soil also produces pecans, soybeans, asparagus, wheat, cotton and other crops. The railroad, completed by 1861, still links the village with other markers.
Erected by South Carolina Heritage Corridor.
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
Location. 33° 50.7′ N, 81° 39.733′ W. Marker is in Ridge Spring, South Carolina, in Saluda County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (State Highway 23) and State Highway 392, on the right when Touch for map. Marker is located near the town's gazebo. Marker is in this post office area: Ridge Spring SC 29129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Michael Watson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ridge Hill School / Faith Cabin Library (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ridge Spring Cemetery / W.H. Scarborough (approx. one mile away); Jones Cemetery / General James Jones (approx. one mile away); Alexander Hamilton Stevens (approx. one mile away); Jacob Odom House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Spann Methodist Church / Captain Clinton Ward (approx. 3.9 miles away); Lott's Tavern & Post Office (approx. 7.2 miles away); William Johnston (approx. 8 miles away); Johnston (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridge Spring.
Also see . . .
1. Ridge Spring, South Carolina. Ridge Spring is a town in Saluda County, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on April 7, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Ridge Spring Baptist Church. Official website of Ridge Spring Baptist Church. (Submitted on April 7, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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