The Tobacco Trail through Orangeburg County, Part 2

13 thoughts on “The Tobacco Trail through Orangeburg County, Part 2”

  1. Tom – I love following your adventures in retirement. Keep them up! I have driven much of 301 to this point (GA to Santee/Summerton) and have been always interested in the history of these pre-Interstate thoroughfares.

  2. Thanks for sharing the pix and postcards of this section. It’s sad how much the old Santee area along old 301 has gone down since I-95 opened. Old timers may recall there was once a restaurant in Santee that featured the then-new craze, Col. Harlan Sander’s Kentucky Fried Chicken. This was when the chicken was sold in restaurants, before the stand-alone franchise fried chicken places started popping up. There was also once an air museum and airstrip in Santee that featured rides in an old Ford Tri-motor! All long gone, sadly.

  3. This is a fantastic blog you’ve got here. I came upon it by chance while trying to pinpoint the location of an old motel. As luck would have it, your site helped me locate it — although not directly. I was looking for the Summerton Motel No. 2 & Glass Kitchen Diner. [Note: This is NOT the Summerton Motel & Restaurant, located in Summerton. Motel No.2 was located in Santee. Do an image search on “Glass Kitchen Diner” and you’ll find the postcard for it.]

    Anyway, Summerton No.2 was once what you have listed as the Carolina Moon Motel, above. In fact, the Carolina Moon Diner (on your postcard image) IS the former Glass Kitchen Diner. Also, the architecture for the hotel itself matches the postcard I have for Summerton No.2 motel.

    Now, I can help you a bit. You happened to state that the Carolina Moon Motel was once known as the Congress Inn & Restaurant, but I think that is incorrect. When I was on Google Maps street view, using the 2008 rather than the later years, I discovered that the Congress Inn was right next door to the United Holiness Church of God (i.e., what you label as the former Palms Motel). Check out this link to the Google Maps view, and note the shape of the sign in the image. You can even see the dome of the Capitol still there on the sign, and the shape of the sign matches your postcard image:,-80.4927106,3a,75y,91.7h,87.69t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLQyt_pkYXvkZ6gNW1LIAYQ!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

    Hope this helps, if it is of any interest. Keep blogging and providing these great reads. And thanks for your work (although I realize it’s a labor of love).

  4. Another thing I discovered: the Mansion Park Motor Lodge was SOUTH of the intersection of SC-6 and US15/301. Look at the map on the back of the postcard image you show, above. It clearly indicates the Mansion Park as being south of the intersection, not north of it. Also, again using Google Maps (overhead imagery, this time), you can see the outline of the building, including the “bent” ends of the wings, as well as the filled-in pool. Here is a link to the Google Maps (overhead) view:,-80.4779025,158m/data=!3m1!1e3

    In fact, this Google Maps (street view) image from 2008 actually shows the SIGN for the Mansion Park Motor Lodge, along with a very lively motel:,-80.4780399,3a,75y,336.26h,89.27t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQ2jbd2NP-a956ulxqAcXQg!2e0!7i3328!8i1664

    The restaurant indicated on the map on your postcard above might, in fact, be the Tastee Food Shop Restaurant in this Google Maps (2008 street view) image.

  5. One last point: In doing a little more investigation, I’ve been able to confirme that the Carolina Moon Motel (and, afterwards, the Congress Inn & Restaurant) was located further south of the SC-6 and US15/301 intersection than what you’ve got indicated on your blog.

    Here’s the proof: We already know that the Congress Inn & Restaurant was next to the United Holiness Church of God (about a quarter-mile north of the three “gentlemen’s clubs” you noted). But, on the back of a postcard for the Carolina Moon Motel, it notes that the motel had a clover-leaf swimming pool. Here’s an image of one such postcard:

    Now, look at the Google Maps (overhead) image for the property next to the United Holiness Church, and notice what shape you see in the lawn between Bass Drive and the tree: a clover-leaf !!,-80.4920884,79m/data=!3m1!1e3

    So, it would appear that the motel at this location had three different incarnations:
    (1) Summerton Motel No.2 & Glass Kitchen Diner
    (2) Carolina Moon Motel & Diner
    (3) Congress Inn & Restaurant

  6. After more investigation, I found that the Lake Marion Inn, in the southwest corner of the SC-6 and US15/301 intersection, was at one time known as the Royal Motor Lodge and part of the Best Western chain. Here is a link to an image of a postcard:

    Notice the right side of the building structure, how the structure clearly becomes two-story as the driveway slopes down, matching the same slope of the right part of the Lake Marion Inn, confirming its identity.

  7. Immediately north of, and adjacent to, the property you identify as the Wayside Motel (which later became the Way’s Motel), the is another structure that resembles a motel. I’ve not discovered whether this property was, in fact, another motel. Given its layout, though, I suspect it might have been one.

    Then, slightly less than one-quarter mile further north (toward the old bridge), there is one last property, which you identify as the Swamp Fox Motel. Comparing the Google Maps (street view) image of that property with another postcard I’ve located, this property was once known as Greene’s Motor Court. The following are links to the relevant images. Notice how the roof line in each image is “terraced”:

    (1) Google Maps (street view) image:,-80.4697984,3a,26.5y,332h,86.18t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1siCp3u42irXD2WQysTkHKkA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    (2) Image of Greene’s Motor Court postcard:

  8. Regarding one of the postcards of the motels you missed (i.e., “the ones that got away”), you show one of the Clover Motel. Comparing the roof lines of the Clover Motel and Clark’s Motel, I believe that they are one and the same. Before that property was known as Clark’s, it was the Clover. (Both, coincidentally, were associated with the Quality Inns system.)

      1. Tom, you’re certainly welcome. If you like, I can scan what postcards I have from this area and send them to you in case you want to post them to any of your blogs.

  9. My grandparents lived at and ran the Slumberland Motel in the late 70’s to early 80’s. James(Jim) and Leah Martin. I loved coming to visit them during the summer from Kentucky. My cousins and I have wonderful memories there of being with Mimi and Pawpaw. Most of the days spent in the pool! I was missing them and googled the motel and come across this. Thank you! Great seeing the old pictures and postcards!

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