City Directories and History: The Red Store, as a name, has been traced by others but let me affirm that this Sandy Run landmark, though faded in color, is still beside US 176 a mile or two below Sandy Run Creek. Not far away is the Muller House, another reminder of the past. According to local historian Frank Geiger, who has spent all his 75 years in the house adjacent to the Red Store, the Muller House was built in 1820 and the store in 1845. Frank Geiger’s ancestors were among the first settlers in the section, and their family cemetery is a short distance away on land now owned by Carolina Eastman. A road which intersects US 176 at The Red Store and goes off in a westerly direction has long been known as the Orangeburg Road. Old folks in Sandy Run used to tell they remembered seeing Union soldiers on it as Sherman passed through in February of 1865 on his way to Columbia.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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