Do You Know?
In working on this website, lots of
questions have come up that I can not find the answer to. This page is
being set up to ask some of these questions, often strange, and solicit
you to send us your answers. Your answer does not have to be the
"certified truth", your opinion is also welcomed. Replies
will be posted on this page.
Also, if you have a question about Pacolet, send it to me and I will
put it on this page.
Send me your answers and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Where were the
bricks made to build the mills? It is possible that the bricks
for the new mill were brought in by rail on the Dummy line. However,
the first mills used thousands of bricks that must have been locally
made. You would think that some evidence of the clay pits and brick
kilns would still exist. One possible clue might be the name of "Quarry
Street" that leaves the mill village close to Brewster Street. This is
a long way from the stone quarries and does not lead to them.
It appears that at least part of this question has been
the June, 1951 issue of the Neigh
newspaper there was an interview with
Mr. Charley Wells.(http://pacoletmemories.com/issue651.pdf.)
Wells was 76 years old . Mr. Wells had started working for
the mill about 1891. One of his first jobs, in 1892, was to help
haul the bricks for building the Old Mill (Mill No. 3). He stated the
bricks were made near Salem church. This church was on Jerusalem Road
and is today known as New Salem Zion Church. He went on to say that the
lime for the morter was brought in barrels from a lime kiln at
Limestone in Gaffney. The sand was gotten from the river. It seems that
the "Quarry Street" name really was a clue to where the bricks were
made. Even today, "Quarry Street" leads to the road named "Zion
Church Road". This road connects to Jerusalem Road right at Zion
Google Earth maps show a small lake and an open area near the church
that might be related to the brick making.
2. What was the
name of the little store just outside White Rose Cemetery and
across the road from Pine Street on the road to Maysville?
Several people have identified this as
"Brown's Store" but not much else is known.
3. Who was
Brewster that the street was named after?
4. What year was
the ballpark built?
5. What was the
purpose of the "Duck Pond"?
Gene Campbell had an answer
this. The Duck Ponds (there were
two) were used to collect water to be used in the town's firefighting
sysyem. Water from these ponds was collected in tanks that were
connected to the fire hydrants. One was near the Elementary School at
the top of the Hotel Hill and the second Duck Pond was near the
intersection of Brewster Street and Quarry Street.
6. During the
great flood, how far up Limestone Street did the water reach? (On the
7. Before the
Dummy Line, for many years, raw cotton and finished cloth had to be
transported to and from Pacolet Station by large wagons pulled by
horses and mules. Exactly where was the road for this in the mill
village? ( The direct route, by way of Hotel Hill, seems way too steep.)
8. How did the Pacolet Mills
Elementary School become known as "The Grand Old Lady"?
This web site has been
started as a public service to share the
story of Pacolet. The web master and person to contact about putting
information on the web site is me, Gerald Teaster. Contact me at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My regular mail
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485