Marco & Lewenthal


Cashua Street
Darlington, SC 29532

FAMILIES: Marco; Lewenthal

Marco & Lewenthal was founded by Polish immigrants Samuel Marco (1838-1909) and Isaac Lewenthal (c.1853-c.1928) on the corner of Cashua Street and the Public Square in Darlington around 1880. It began as a farmer’s supply store that sold dry goods and groceries as well as horses, mules, wagons, and farming implements. Around the time that Isaac married Samuel’s daughter Sarah (c.1867-c.1906) in 1885, they also expanded their stock to include ready-made clothing, shoes, and boots. On March 3, 1892, their store—along with most other buildings on the west side of the Public Square—was destroyed in a fire. The following month, Samuel and Isaac announced plans to dissolve their partnership. In 1893, Isaac built a new dry goods, grocery, and clothing store on the former site of Marco & Lewenthal. By that time, Samuel was considered one of the wealthiest citizens in Darlington.

Main Image: Advertisement for Marco & Lewenthal. Reprinted from The Darlington News, May 6, 1880.


Above Image: Diagram depicting damage from the 1892 Darlington fire with the Marco & Lewenthal building outlined in red. Reprinted from The Darlington News, March 3, 1892. 

The Jewish Merchant Project is supported by the generosity of the Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation and the Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment at the Coastal Community Foundation.

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