The new paint on the Old Peach Stand is a nod to the past, according to General Manager Ron Edwards.
"White was the color when it was originally built" more than a half-century ago, Edwards said. "We're just going back to the way it was when the Colonel built it."
"The Colonel" refers to Col. Elliot White Springs.
For years the stand at the corner of Hwy. 160 West and Hwy. 21 had a rugged look as the original paint had long since peeled off. Termites had also worked their way into the structure, Edwards said. Workers cleaned the building inside and out, replaced seals, removed the termites and replaced a few boards before the new coat of paint went up.
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The Old Peach Stand sits on land now owned by Piedmont Medical Center. PMC acquired it in a land swap with Clear Springs Development and plans to build a hospital on the 40-acre tract. Two competitors have appealed PMC's right to build the hospital and the case has been tied up in S.C. Administrative Law Court for the last two years.
As part of the land swap PMC agreed to allow the Old Peach Stand to remain on the land as long as it continued to sell peaches. It is one of only a few places around Fort Mill where Springs Farm peaches are sold each year. The New Peach Stand across the street from the old stand and the Springs Farm Market on Springfield Parkway also sell the peaches.
"We want to keep it around as long as possible," Edwards said. "Piedmont didn't ask us to do it, but they're probably glad we did."