Cities of Barnwell Co.
Mayor Marty Schumpert
Town Hall: 10067 U.S. 78, Elko, S.C. 29826
lko is located on S.C. 37 between the towns of E Williston and Blackville. The town has a population of approximately 200, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
A great example of small-town America, Elko’s Town Hall, post office and fire department share the same building. 2016 marked the seventh year for the town of Elko Farmers’ Market. Pictured above is market manager Jeanne Johnson. The market is open May through November on Saturdays near the corner of U.S. 78 and S.C. 37. It attracts vendors of all types and is a delightful place to purchase fresh vegetables and lovely crafts. Looking to the future, the town hopes to work on water system improvements, install new fire hydrants and purchase or construct a permanent farmers’ market structure.
Mayor William Cave
Town Hall: 55 Railroad Ave., Kline, S.C. 29812
line is located on U.S. 278 and has a population of K approximately 200. Chartered on June 11, 1895, the town was originally named
Brownell. Because its name was similar to Barnwell, it was changed to Kline in 1900. The town has a park, as well as an active recreation department. A project is just getting underway to replace its tiny town hall with an expanded town hall and community center. Every Christmas, the town has a tree-lighting ceremony in front of town hall with Christmas carol singing, special readings, lighting of the tree and food. The tree, planted in front of the town hall, stands over 40 feet tall. It had nearly died, but was brought back to full health. It stands as a symbol of the town’s strength. The town also sponsors a back-to-school bash (pictured) in August where they give away backpacks and school supplies. A large peach operation sells fresh peaches in season.
Town Hall: 35 Railroad Ave., Hilda, S.C. 29813
Mayor John McClary
rains and tortoises are centerpieces in the town of Hilda where life is lived easy. The Depot, which remains from when the town’s main transportation artery was the railroad, is a place for community gatherings such as “Christmas at the Depot” (pictured above). Next to it is a red caboose. Additionally, the old rail bed has been converted into a walking trail. Next to the town hall is a pen which houses the town’s mascots – gopher tortoises including the two oldest - Lucy and Frank. These special stars of the town bring students and visitors to the community. Businesses are situated around the Depot and nearby on S.C. 70. But Hilda’s primary stars are its 450 residents who enjoy a rural lifestyle and love calling Hilda “home”.
Town Hall: 30 Morris St., Barnwell, S.C. 29812
Snelling Mayor Paul Moore
nelling, located along S.C. 64 west of Barnwell, has S approximately 274 residents. In the early 1950s, Snelling was slated to be dissolved to make
way for construction of the Savannah River Site. After changes in the borders of SRS, the town was spared the same fate met by the former towns of Dunbarton, Ellenton and Myers Mill. The town opened their new town hall in 2012. It is connected to the fire department by a conference room. The town holds their annual Christmas tree lighting service in front of the town hall each year. A staple of the town is the Snelling Town Park, which has a walking path for residents to enjoy as well as a picnic shelter and playground equipment for youngsters. The town has several major industries in the S.C. Advanced Technology Park, a 1,606-acre, fully equipped, state-of-the-art industrial park that has rail on site.
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A guide to Barnwell County, SC