Although Moncks Corner dates back to 1735, the modern town began to take shape when the railroad arrived. Beginning in 1853, the North East Railroad laid new tracks and Moncks Corner became an official scheduled stop in 1856.
Dylan Campbell '11 created the 3D model of the Depot. Click on the image below to jump directly to his model at 100 Behrman Street in Google Maps. If you have Google Earth installed, you can copy and paste (100 Behrman Street, Moncks Corner, SC) there to see the 3D models. The Depot and the sign are separate 3D models.
100 Behrman Street - image of Dylan's 3D model from Google Earth
In 1884, the first of two buildings was constructed on the same side of the tracks and across the street from the current Depot. Destroyed by fire in 1915, the building was reconstructed at its present site.
The Depot was the social and commerical center of Moncks Corner and many small towns and villages across America. Serving in the early days as the center of local businesses and town government, the Moncks Corner Depot also provided Berkeley County farmers a way to market their foods. Mail and other news of the outside world was brought first to the Depot. After the Second World War, with declining rail travel and improved highways, more automobiles and trucks, many depots were seeing the end of their useful lives. Scores of these beautiful buildings were resigned to neglect, vandalism, and the wrecking ball.
The Town of Moncks Corner very wisely chose to save its important landmark and infuse it with life. Completely renovated in 2000 and serving as the Town's Visitor and Cultural Center, the Depot provides a place to hold special events and classes, as well as a gift shop. The Depot has come full circle, once again serving as a commercial and social center for Moncks Corner. The historic building can be reserved by calling (843) 719-7900.