Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Old Stage Road / Railroads in Simpsonville

Marker ID: SCHM 23-49
Location: 125 South Main Street, Simpsonville, SC
County: Greenville
Coordinates: N 34° 44.2    W 082° 15.317
  34.73666666    -82.25528333
Style: Free Standing **


Old Stage Road

The town of Simpsonville grew up around a stagecoach stop nearby operated by Thomas Goldsmith (1788-1868). Goldsmith's house, on the Old Stage Road from Laurens to Greenville, was near a crossroads where the Old Stage Road met an old Cherokee trail, later known as Georgia Road. The road was the main route through this area ca. 1820-ca. 1870. The railroad arrived in 1885-86 when the Greenville & Laurens Railroad completed its line through the town.

Railroads in Simpsonville

Main Street was laid out parallel to the tracks, and the railroad ushered in a period of rapid growth and prosperity. The G&L RR and its successor the Port Royal & Western Carolina Railway were absorbed by the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway in 1896. The Atlantic Coast Line RR took control of the C&WC in 1897 and operated it until 1959. The first passenger and freight depot here was demolished in the 1970s.

Erected 2011 by Ralph and Virginia Hendricks Foundation.