IRMO, South Carolina
Featuring Lake Murray
Population, town and surrounding area: 24,217
Irmo, South Carolina, has a population of 11,223 and is
located 10 miles northeast of Columbia, the capital of South Carolina.
Chartered in 1890, the town was named for two officers of the local railroad
whose names were Irdell
Irmo is ideally situated in a tourist paradise:
IN THE NEWS
Irmo received national recognition from Money Magazine when we were named among the USAs "Most Affordable Places To Live"
-- Rated 12th among 25 affordable communities in the country, with a
median home price of $119,003 (2006). And our neighbor
(just 1 mile south of Irmo) Seven Oaks Community was ranked 98th among the 100 best places to reside.
Top 20 list from Money Magazine's list of the 2007 Most Affordable Places To
Live is as follows:
Lake Murray - A man-made lake, Lake Murray holds many pleasures for the visitor, whether it is motor boating, jet-skiing, water skiing, swimming or fishing. Boating Safety is very important for residents and visitors alike, too. Picnics on the shore have become a standard for those drawn to the lake. Don't forget to stop by the Lake Murray Visitor Center for all of the latest information. And read about our own "Local Celebrity" the Lake Murray Monster!
Irmo Okra Strut! September 28 - 29, 2007! The Swingin' Medallions, the popular beach music band which rose to national prominence in the 1960's will headline the 2007 Okra Strut! Dubbed "Party Band of the South" the Greenwood, SC-based Swingin' Medallions reached #17 on the pop charts in 1966 with "Double Shot." The band will perform during the Friday Night Street Dance.
Shady Grove United Methodist Church - This church dates from 1770, and in 1784 joined the Methodist Church of America.
Mathias-Lown House - A beautiful Queen Anne style home that was built in 1905 now is the home of the Irmo Town Hall. The Lown family donated the house to Irmo and was moved from its original location, just down Woodrow Street, to the corner of Woodrow and Columbia Avenues. It has been completely renovated and it has retained its Victorian home style.
Lorick Plantation House - Also named Green Acres, was built in 1840 as a two story gabled end structure. The home did experience some damage from General Sherman as his troops set it afire, but the courageous townfolk put out the fire after the Union troops rode off laughing.
River Road House (Swygert House) - Once a parsonage for St. Michael's Evangelical Lutheran Church, it has been moved and renovated to an honored location on Highway 6. Built around 1910, it is used for commercial and community use.
Koon Family Home - Built around 1880, this house has been moved but not altered and remains in the Koon family to this day. The home now sits atop an Irmo hill at Double Acres, just off Highway 76. Elsewhere on the location is a frame grain barn and a shed that dates to 1920. . . and a frame cotton house and the workshop/toolhouse that was built circa 1900. . . not to mention the saw mill that is over 90 years old.
Mathias-O'Sheal Home - Built over 100 years ago, this was the home of Irmo's first mayor, Luther S. Mathias. Once located on the corner of St. Andrews Road and Highway 60, it has been moved to Twin Pines Road in Little Mountain.
Cemetery Markers - Cemetery markers at St. Michael's Lutheran Cemetery and Bethel Church Cemetery display the names of those whose graves still remain beneath the deep waters of Lake Murray. Other markers around the lake remind visitors of those that are still "sleeping" under the surface.
Columbia, South Carolina