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“W” is for Woodruff

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  “W” is for Woodruff [Spartanburg County; population 4,229]. Located at the intersection of S.C. Highway 101 and State Road 50 in southeastern Spartanburg County, the junction that became the town of Woodruff originated at the meeting of the Buncombe Road—which ran from Charleston to the mountains –and the Georgia Road. As early as 1789 Joseph Woodruff purchased two hundred acres of land on Jamey’s Creek—including the present site of Woodruff. Situated in the middle of an expanding cotton region, the crossroads developed as a trade center for the rural farming communities. It was incorporated in 1874. Woodruff probably gained its greatest recognition in the post World War II decades due to the success that coach Willie Varner brought to Woodruff High School athletics. Under coach Varner the Woodruff Wolverines won ten state football championships.

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Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.