the Watermelon Capitol of the World
The area now known as Pageland, has been continuously occupied since 1788,
when Reece Shelby, Sr. received a land grant of 300 acres. He couldn't resist
the inducements offered by South Carolina, and left what is now Union County,
North Carolina, to live the remainder of his life in Chesterfield County. Evan
Shelby, Reece's father, immigrated from Glamorganshire, Wales around 1730, and
settled in Maryland. In the 1760's, Reece and his brother, Moses, moved south to
Anson Co., North Carolina. Both served during the Revolutionary War, but it was
nephew Col. Isaac Shelby who won acclaim as one of the heroes of the Battle of
King's Mountain, when Patrick Ferguson and his followers were badly defeated.
This is commonly referred to as the turning point of the Revolutionary War.
Chesterfield Land & Development held an auction on December 19, 1907, selling off lots for development, after they had hired Mr. Guess, an engineer, to lay out the town. The 157 inhabitants of the to be town petitioned for incorporation on December 3, 1907, which was granted January 11, 1908. Pageland was named in honor of Adolphus High Page, the C&L Railroad engineer responsible for the railroads placement through the Crossroads.
As the number of inhabitants implies, the town grew quickly with families that lived in the area and families from other counties. Families such as the Carpenters, Clarks, Tuckers, Catos, Mangums, Watts, Rallings, Ogburns, Autrys, Edgeworths, Myers, Smiths and others saw the opportunities the new town promised and invested.
Being at the crossroads, Pageland became a popular stopover for travelers.
The Blakeney Hotel, which had been built in 1910, and originally housed a bank,
feed store, and casket shop, was the place to stay. Known widely for its good
food, it also was the home of a talking parrot. Unfortunately, the bird knew
just an agriculturally based town; industry also found a home.
The 2,666 residents of Pageland enjoy their small town atmosphere, but because of its close proximity with Monroe and Charlotte, North Carolina, lacks none of the benefits of a major city.