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County Line Pottery, 11045 Two Notch Road: Circa 2007   3 comments

Posted at 11:09 pm in closing

County Line Pottery had been there forever.

Back in the 60s, before I-20 came through, we used to drive to visit my grandparents and other relatives in Hartsville, and the trip would take us down US-1, through, Elgin, Lugoff, & Camden, and there, past some open farmland at the border of Richland County would be County Line Pottery.

My memory is that we only stopped once, and that it was kind of an open-air building at the time, with window frames, but no actual windows. It's possible I may be misremembering that and perhaps the windows were just opened and unscreened given the lack of air conditioning. Anyway, it was an interesting place for a kid to check out, full of figurative cement statuary (I don't remember much actual 'pottery', come to think of it) and knicknacks, something like Taylor's Garden Center without all the plants.

Thereafter, our parents would always note the place for us as we drove by.

After I-20 came through, we seldom drove that route anymore, and it had been many years since I had seen it when I made it a point to take US-1 to Fayetteville sometimes during the years in the 80s that I lived there (remember, the Interstates were locked in doubke-nickle mode at the time, so it wasn't *that* much longer), and the place still looked much as it had in the 60s. In much more recent years, I had made a point to drive to Hartsville the "old way" a few times, and was surprised to see the place still largely unchanged (though enclosed).

I drove out last Sunday because I had a hunch it wouldn't in fact be there forever, and I wanted to get some file pictures, and in the event, I found the place already closed, hopefully through a well deserved retirement though there was no sign on the door. Checking my phonebooks, I see that they must have closed around 2007, which is earlier than I thought, but still a pretty good run.

I note the address is now given as 11045 Two Notch Road. Back in the day, nobody would have said that; it would just have been "Out on Highway 1".

Written by ted on August 17th, 2016

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  1. 2007 seems awfully early... I remember them being open after that, but do not remember exactly when they closed. Seems like it has only been a few years. It was a fascinating place... I purchased more than a few bird baths there. Very friendly.

    cheryl

    18 Aug 16 at 8:35 am

  2. Yeah, I was surprised, but they list in the Feb 2005 phonebook, but not in the Feb 2008 one (I don't the two in between those).

    Of course, they might have gotten moved to the Elgin book, if there is one.

    ted

    19 Aug 16 at 2:47 am

  3. Looking at the property on Google Street View reveals pictures from July 2015. The gate is unlocked with an OPEN side hanging. There is a trailer parked in front and it looks like someone is in the midst of moving product onto the trailer. There is Russell & Jeffcoat For Sale sign out front. I'm not sure what to make of this.

    Adam Zweimiller

    7 Sep 16 at 10:16 am

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