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

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6 Comments about Woodward Mill

Linda Barbee HiltonNo Gravatar says:
May 20th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Sweet memories of times spent as a small child visiting Granny Susie and Granddaddy Bob. I remember my daddy swinging from the tree on a tire swing and falling in the pond. He dried the contents of his billfold on the fireplace mantle in the front room. I also remember him taking tubs of the white sand home for us to play in. I can still remember waking to the smell of cornbread baking in granny’s wood stove (sadly the early morning cornbread was mixed with milk and grease and then fed to the dogs). It was fun to go to the pump outside the kitchen window to pump water for Granny. We watched the chickens pecking under the house from the edge of our pallet while we were supposed to be napping and hoped the adults didn’t hear our giggles.

Bobbie Atkinson LanderNo Gravatar says:
May 19th, 2014 at 8:53 pm

So many memories at this old mill…..if only the walls could talk!!! Loved going to visit my Granny Susie, sleeping on pallets on the floor, being with all the animals…….hearing all the stories my Daddy told me….esp. the one of his first ice cream cone, the old mule & wagon ….. many memories died with those who lived around the mill. Uncle Bud used to dive from the tree and hide so they’d think he had drowned!!! Live on memories!!!

Elaine Atkinson VincoliNo Gravatar says:
May 19th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I loved going to Granny’s Susie house in the summer. My aunt, Shirley Ann, and I would go to the Mill and sit to eat lemon cookies and drink sweet tea. I saw my first water moccasin snake there. They were wonderful times.

Myra Atkinson ClarkNo Gravatar says:
May 19th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

My favorite memories of growing up were at this mill. Loved visiting my Grandma and Grandpa Atkinson during the summers. The wagons of corn would come by the house to the mill. Can still hear the sounds of the 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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