City Directories and History: (Early hotel site) c. 1912 The Home Store, 1961 – Flower and Gift Shop, Debbie Lewis Realtors, 1981 – Superior Gas
In 1912 this location was a vacant lot next to the County Jail (and approximately where the South Congress St. Hotel stood), and later became known as part of the Ameen property. The images from the Van Center collection clearly show this was a very active commercial area of South Congress and the area has gone through fires and demolition which has altered the original view of the area. In the late 19th and early 20th century the east side of South Congress street expanded rapidly with new brick stores from the county jail on the corner to the Harden’s store at the far end of the block.
The Ameen family built this store for their dry goods and grocery business about 1920. The family ran this business until the mid 1950’s when it was sold to Mrs. Robert Brice (Caroline Arnette, as the home of her “Flower and Gift Shop.”) She started her business in the late 1940’s, in an old frame building which was an annex behind the court house. County Council decided to demolish that building, so she relocated her business here. A dynamic civic leader in historic preservation and also a leader in the establishment of the county museum, its collections and decorative motives, Caroline Arnette Brice must be remembered for her civic contributions to both this town and county. [Contribution of J.M. Lyles, III]
Home Store and Mr. Walker L. Kirkpatrick: In 2018, a Kirkpatrick family member donated a number of historic items on Fairfield and York County history, related to the Kirkpatrick family. One of these items was the image of the Home Store in downtown Winnsboro, S.C., (pictured above). Along with the image was a store ledge and papers beginning in 1912. Many of the items associated with the store are listed here, but also on the family’s farm page. Access it via the R&R History Thread link. The family moved from the Kirkpatrick – Clowney Home in 1910, into Winnsboro, S.C. presumably to begin the grocery.
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