A few miles to the east of Due West is the historic farming community of Donalds, “Boonesborough Township”, as the town was originally called after Governor Thomas Boone, was a trading post on the South Carolina frontier with the Cherokee Nation. Among the first Scotch-Irish settlers that founded the township in 1763 was the distinguished Donnald family of Ulster Scots, who later lent their name to the town.
Up until the reduction of the railroads, Donalds was a busy terminus on the Southern Railway mainline and junction for the “Due West Railroad” among others. The mural on the corner of SC 184 and US 178 depicts the story of the township from its frontier days with the Cherokees up until the coming of the railroad. Surrounded by rolling farmland, Donalds remains today a community proud of its rich history and home to various points of interest such as the Collectors Antique Mall and “The Grange”, a handsome fieldstone building constructed as a WPA project in 1935 for the “Patrons of Husbandry” association.