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Golden Creek Mill – Easley, South Carolina

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Golden Creek Mill

The Golden Creek Mill is located in the small upstate town of Easley, just east of Greenville. Today’s Golden Creek Mill, which is one of the prettiest stops along the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, is actually a replica of the original mill built in the early 1800s.

Jeff Sanders of Greenville © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The original mill was built in 1815 by William O’Dell and served as a testament to the ingenuity of that century. The mill produced cornmeal, grits, flour, cotton, and even ice cream – all without the aid of electricity! For over 110 years, the mill was powered solely by the water in Golden Creek. Golden Creek Mill was originally designed as a grist mill, but in 1835 a cotton gin and press were added. Later, in the 1900s, an ice plant was introduced. Several elders in the area still fondly remember the ice cream made with that ice!

Golden Creek Mill

David Vanover of Boiling Springs © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The twentieth century brought industrialization, and the mill eventually fell into disrepair. In 1985, Joyce and Leroy Stewart bought the land across the creek and built a replica of the abandoned mill. They brought in antique equipment from all over the country and even imported an old grindstone from Denmark! The Stewarts have stayed true to their model, as today’s Golden Creek Mill is one of the only mills in the country still using hemp ropes instead of gears. However, the mill sits on private property and is not open to the public.

Many thanks to Jeff Sanders of Greenville for contributing this historical information.

Golden Creek Mill Info

Address: 201 Enon Church Road, Easley, SC 29640
GPS Coordinates: 34.824991,-82.644010

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5 Comments about Golden Creek Mill

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
October 23rd, 2015 at 1:24 pm

Thank you for the update, Nikki! We hope you found another beautiful spot for your daughter’s photos.

NikkiNo Gravatar says:
October 23rd, 2015 at 12:43 pm

This is beautiful. However, it was privately purchased and is no longer accessible. I went there this past weekend with hopes to take my daughters senior pics there, but the gate is locked and there are signs posted everywhere for trespassing.

Suzanne Drawdy says:
August 4th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Love going places every where of conservative design in SC

Judy Lee Tribble says:
May 29th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

This is beautiful and plan to visit soon …

carl howardNo Gravatar says:
January 13th, 2013 at 11:00 am

The picture is very nice, I like visiting these grist mills. Thanks for keeping the past in our time

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