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March 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Lynch Drug Store In 1963


(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today we see a photo of Lynch Drug taken in 1963, shortly after it opened. Lynch Drug was a fixture in downtown Clemson for 33 years.

In the mid 1970’s, Lynch’s was closed down due to a direct hit by lightening. It was owned by Tom Lunch from 1963 until 1997, when Lynch sold the store to Eckerd Drug.

Tom Lynch was a 1958 Clemson graduate was served as a trustee for the University.

Lynch Drug Store was known for allowing businesses or individuals to put “wanted" and "for sale" cards taped to the inside glass near the front doors. Many people who wanted to buy or sell something would post it at Lynch Drug.

Many students would post "furniture for sale" in April and May because it was easier to sell their furniture than it would be to take it back to their hometowns.

After being sold to Eckerd Drug in 1997, the location would eventually be purchased by its current owner, Hallmark Cards.


Below is the obituary that appeared in the Greenville News when Mr. Lynch passed away in 2010.

Thomas C. Lynch, Jr., 75, of Clemson and the husband of his beloved Elizabeth "Lib" Roach Lynch, died Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Seneca, he was the son of the late Elizabeth Rogers Lynch and T. C. Lynch, Sr. He attended Clemson University, the Pharmacy School of the Medical University of SC. He graduated from Auburn University.

Mr. Lynch was the former owner of Lynch Drug Company in Clemson from 1963 to 1997. He was a former Chairman of the State Pharmacy Board, served as a Clemson University Trustee, served on the Clemson City Council and the Clemson Downtown Revitalization Board, he was a past member of Clemson Rotary Club as well as many other civic organizations. He also served on many bank boards and was on the organizing board for Capital Bank in Clemson. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clemson were he served in many capacities.

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