How long have peaches been an important commercial crop in South Carolina?

Answer: Since the mid 1800s.  Henry William Ravenal of Aiken, SC, is credited as the first commercial grower to ship peaches outside the state in the 1850’s.  Beginning in the late 1800’s, peaches were shipped by rail car in insulated cars kept cool with large blocks of ice. Most commercial packing sheds during this time were built next to the railroad to facilitate out-of-state shipping.  In 1935, there were 233 packing houses and over three million peach trees in Spartanburg county alone.

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