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Springfield’s early churches

Springfield’s early churches

Springfield Baptist Church sat at the corner of Laurel and Franklin streets. The building in the accompanying photograph was the third in the history of the church founded in 1848. The building sho... » Read More
Remembering the Hodge House

Remembering the Hodge House

The block between Second and Third streets facing Laurel Street now houses the Windstream Telephone Company service headquarters on the south side and a three-story former bank building and parking... » Read More
The 224th Methodist camp meeting

The 224th Methodist camp meeting

Effingham County United Methodists will convene Friday, July 18 for the 224th annual camp meeting. This traditional gathering's spirit has not been hindered by the fires of General Sherman, war, we... » Read More
Exploring the gin and the depot

Exploring the gin and the depot

Just north of the Calhoun Tractor Company on the west side of Laurel Street in Springfield, a set of gas tanks was located beside the railroad. Coastal Gas, owned by Howard Haupt Sr., used these ta... » Read More
Remembering the Calhoun Tractor Company

Remembering the Calhoun Tractor Company

In 1948, Calhoun Tractor Company opened for business in the building just north of BB&T Bank at the corner of Laurel Street and the original Stillwell Road. The business was owned by Lewis Calhoun ... » Read More
Exploring old South Laurel Street

Exploring old South Laurel Street

In 1951 and 1952, Frank Arnsdorff and the Allen brothers (George and Albert Allen) bought the Springfield Lumber Company across from the Methodist Campground in Springfield. George Allman of Oliver... » Read More
Perusing Springfield’s business district

Perusing Springfield’s business district

The more this project unfolds, more and more is being shared about Springfield in the 1940s and 1950s. Note the additional information on Springfield Farm Supply. If you have any information on any... » Read More
Exploring the past off Laurel

Exploring the past off Laurel

A few more businesses in Springfield during the years of the Mars Theatre not located on Laurel Street have come to my attention, so I dedicate this week to their story. » Read More


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