About the Book
Central, South Carolina was officially established in 1875, two years after the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line Railway designated a division point there. Originally named “Center,” the town was set at the halfway point between the namesake cities. The town grew up around and supported the railroad with business offices, a hotel and dining hall, and maintenance facilities. The growth was short-lived, however, as the Atlanta and Charlotte Air Line was absorbed into the Southern Railway in 1894. The Southern closed the maintenance shops and moved the division point to Greenville, South Carolina. Today, the Norfolk Southern Railway continues to rattle the windows of this small town as its predecessors’ trains have for over a century.
The original exhibition consisted of thirty-two framed photographs and was on display at the Main Street Deli and Coffeehouse, downtown Central, from April 24, 2014 through September 25, 2014. In December 2014 the entire exhibition was donated to the Pickens County Library for display at the Clemson-Central Branch.
This book contains images from the exhibition, expanded to include others for which limited wall space did not allow at the time.
Robert M. Seel is a national award-winning architect, artist, musician, coffee roaster, railroad modeler, and Clemson University graduate (BS Design with Calhoun College Departmental Honors, 1988; M-Arch 1990). Originally from New Jersey, Rob has lived in upstate South Carolina since coming to Clemson in 1984. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the National Model Railroad Association, and Clemson Artists Guild. Rob and his wife, Frances, have two creative daughters. Rob is president of RMSArchitecture and is a member of the Art Gallery on Pendleton Square.