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"M" is for Mullins

South Carolina From A to Z
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"M" is for Mullins (Marion County; 2010 population 4,663). The railway depot in the center of downtown Mullins has been associated with the town since its inception. Mullins did not exist when the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad arrived in 1854. The town grew up around the railway station. It was named for William Sydney Mullins, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives who helped plan the railroad and determined that its route would cross Marion County. In 1891, the cultivation of bright leaf tobacco led to the construction of tobacco warehouses. Throughout the twentieth century Mullins remained the largest tobacco market in the state. The South Carolina Tobacco Museum is located in the old depot. Tobacco also took center stage in Mullins each September when the town held its annual Golden Leaf Festival.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson 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.