The Story Behind Pumpkin Center
(We are indebted to Easter Fisher for suggesting this
story and furnishing the information for it.)
Many folks are not aware that the Pumpkin Center community
of the Pacolet area owes its existence to WWII. In 1940, with the
eminent threat of the War, the Federal Government
decided to build a huge army training base in
Spartanburg County. It was named Camp Croft and it would
have a huge impact on the surrounding area. The camp was
scheduled to be built between Pacolet Station and
the town of Spartanburg just outside of White Stone.
The camp was to cover a huge area but there was a big
problem. The place where the camp was to be was already
home to a number of families and their homes and
farms. If the camp was built the people would have
to be moved. An army training base is a dangerous place
with artillery, rifle, pistol and grenade ranges.
Read about this at The
Birth of Pumpkin Center.
If your family was affected by this move or if you
lived in Pumpkin Center, we would love to hear your
story. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This web site has
been started as a public service to share the story of
Pacolet. The web master and person to contact about
putting information on the web site is me, Gerald Teaster.
Contact me at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My
regular mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485