The Community – The City of Woodruff blends the small-town charm of a historic mill village with the growing presence of multi-use trails, walkable sidewalks, delightful shops, resturants, antique stores, and a luxurious day spa. The City’s 4,000 residents are located just south of Spartanburg, South Carolina, within 15 minutes of I-26 and I-85, BMW and Greenville Spartanburg Airport, and 20 minutes to downtown Greenville, South Carolina.
Historic Downtown – The quaint historic downtown features wonderful dining, shopping, a day spa, and an overall charm that you cannot find in large cities. The city has recently become a member of Main Street South Carolina, a program under the SC Municipal Association that focuses on revitalizing the downtown through community participation in 4 active committees: design, business development, promotion and organization. To learn more about Main Street Woodruff, visit the Main Street Woodruff tab or http://www.facebook.com/WoodruffMainStreetProgram.
The Earliest History of this area begins with the membership of “The Church of Christ on Jamey’s Creek” dated September 18, 1787. The church was so called as this was the nearest point of designation since “Jamey’s Creek” heads of McArthur Street behind the Woodruff State Branch Bank on North Main Street. The creek is now called “Jimmie’s Creek”. The early members traveled some distance to attend this church. They were from the communities of Cavins, Enoree, Crescent, Switzer and even others in Laurens County.
Most of the early settlers had come from Virginia and North Carolina. They were primarily veterans of the Revolution and their families. Joseph Woodruff received a grant of 200 acres (which would later become Woodruff, S.C.). He came to this area from Yadkin River Valley in North Carolina after his service in the Revolution. The first census of Spartanburg District, in 1790, shows who his neighbors were. All of these people were farmers. There were a few country stores in those days, and these were supplied by “Wagoner’s”.
One of Joseph Woodruff’s sons, Thomas, remained in this area and had dreamed of founding a town. But, he did not live to see Woodruff incorporated. His two sons, Dr. Charles Pinckney Woodruff and Captain A. B. Woodruff were most instrumental in carrying out their father’s wishes. Therefore, the town was named in Thomas Woodruff’s honor. There was no town nor industry until after the town was chartered in 1874. Men from the rural areas came into Woodruff to establish businesses and the town began to grow.
The two Woodruff brothers worked vigorously to get the railroad to run through the town. The railroad was completed in 1885. This caused a rapid growth of business. The oldest standing home in Woodruff today is the home of Danny Verdin, located on Main Street. The house was built in the 1830′s by Harrison Patillo Woodruff, son of Thomas. “Squire Jim” Westmoreland bought his home in 1874 when he came to Woodruff to establish a mercantile business.
The home of Dr. Charles Pickney Woodruff stood where the Woodruff Post Office is now located. Capt. A. B. Woodruff’s home was located on East Georgia Street. The site is now used as an overflow parking lot for the Lanford Funeral Home.
For more historical information: Woodruff, An Historical View, 1974, written by Hannah Barton Irby.