Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Disappearing Acts

Time doesn’t stand still, of course, and sometimes buildings don’t either.  This week we’ll ask you to use your imagination … picture what must have gone on in some of these dearly departed Sanford structures, AND see if you can picture where they used to stand. Our first image is the legendary McIver’s Store.  By many accounts this general store was the area’s first large retail operator.  Founded in 1873, McIver’s was located at the corner of Chatham and McIver until it’s demise in 1932.

Another major source of commerce for much of the first half of the 20th century was the James R. Weatherspoon building at Carthage & Hawkins. This home of many retailers over the years was located across the street from the current location of the Railroad House.  Can you imagine this building standing there?

Another edifice that may be hard to picture is this home that was owned by the S.D. Jones family.  It was located across the street from the present day home of the Temple Theatre.  This picture comes from sometime before 1918.  It’s hard to imagine such a tree-filled lot with a fenced-in yard taking up this spot on Carthage Street.

Here’s a downtown Sanford lot that has undergone a big transformation over the years.  It’s the prime spot at the corner of Carthage and Steele.  A private school known as the Sanford Graded School was located here between 1906 and 1925. Once the land was sold, the school was torn down, to be replaced by a gas station.

If you head down Steele Street to it’s intersection with Summit Avenue, you would have viewed this pleasant home for much of the first half of the 20th century.  This home of Dr. Lynn McIver stood for nearly 50 years, before being torn down in 1960.  It’s presently a parking lot for the First Baptist Church.

Our final stop on this tour of dearly departed buildings brings us to a former location of Sanford’s US Post Office. This Moore Street structure, located in close proximity to the present-day home of the Harris & Company insurance agency, served the community until 1927.


Editorial content, pictures and research background , compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase. All book proceeds go to Sanford’s Railroad House Historical Association, Inc.