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Woodward Mill – Ruby, South Carolina

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This old mill once ground corn, and the water beneath it served as a swimming hole for locals. The mill rests on private property in Chesterfield County.

Woodward Mill

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

James Jenkins not only contributed this photo to the South Carolina Picture Project, he also included some interesting history about this structure: “For as long as I can remember, and I am 77, this site has been referred to as Woodward Mill. As far back as I can recall, the Claude Oliver family operated the mill. Mr. Oliver was one of the first people I recall in Chesterfield County who had an airplane. He also dug wells, or ‘put in’ wells with a contraption that he constructed, which drove a pointed rod into the ground by dropping a weight on the rod.

“When I was a young teenager, we carried corn to the mill and swam and fished while waiting for the corn to be ground. It was always a treat to visit the mill. The property is still owned by Mike Oliver, Mr. Claude’s son. It is posted for safety’s sake meaning that [permission is needed before accessing the property]. These photos were taken from the bridge below the spillway. I love to take these old structures that are rapidly fading from the scene.”

Woodward Mill Info

Address: Woodward Mill Road, Ruby, SC 29741

Woodward Mill Map

Woodward Mill – Add Info and More Photos

The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Woodward Mill, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!

2 Comments about Woodward Mill

March 30th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

My dad, Bob Atkinson, operated the mill and I was born at Woodward Mill…..We were the last millers at the mill….I love that place…..I fished and swam in the pond behind the mill house and got my first kiss left of the mill house, from a young man from Mt. Croghan, S.C. Just a wonderful place, and I know Mike Oliver…Look at door..all us.

Margene OdomNo Gravatar says:
July 25th, 2013 at 7:57 am

This wonderful photo conjures memories of “The Old Mill Stream” song of long ago. Is it grand that Mr. Jenkins and others are looking for and preserving these visions of our American past.



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