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The small town of Iva sits in Anderson County near the Abbeville County line. Unincorporated until 1904, it was settled in the late eighteenth century as Cook’s Station. The town, founded by Dr. Augustus Cook, was a shipping station for the Seaboard Railroad. When he discovered another community called Cook’s Station in South Carolina, Dr. Cook changed the town’s name to Iva in honor of his daughter, Iva Cook Bryson.

Iva SC Mural

David Reed of Norcross, GA, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Iva thrived for a time with a textile mill and local businesses. Jackson Textile Mill, seen below, was built in 1905 by Thomas C. Jackson. The mill was a dependable source of income for Iva residents throughout much of the twentieth century, causing economic hardships when it closed in the early 1990s. Today, the mill buildings stand empty in the center of the small town.

Iva Textile Mill

David Reed of Norcross, GA, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Pictured below is the old Iva Drugstore, which was built in 1906. Unfortunately, time took its toll on the building and it was demolished in October 2009. Today residents of Iva enjoy nearby Lake Secession, and the town’s proximity to other bodies of water such as Lake Thurmond, Lake Russell, Lake Greenwood, and the Savannah River lend to its nickname, “The Gateway to the Freshwater Coast.”

Iva Drugstore

Michael R. Bannister of Iva, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Iva sponsors community events such as the Summer Nights annual concert series and Art Week each January. In April of 2015, Iva hosted the inaugural Spring and Garden Express, a flower and garden event for local green thumbs.

Iva in Autumn

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Historic Pictures of Jackson Mill in Iva


The following photos were graciously contributed to us from a private collector. The captions under each photo are what appeared on the back of each photograph to explain operations at Jackson Mills. These photos were thought to have been from the 1940s. One of the photographs had the name “Coxe High Grade Photography Greenville, SC” on the back.

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Blends (mixes) of fibers so stock will be more uniform. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Same as old spinning wheels but faster. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Lining fibers parallel similar to hand cards or curry comb for horses. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Condenses sliver and adds twist to give strength. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Transferring thread to larger packages. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Starching and sizing thread so it becomes harder to break. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Removes waste and makes a lap similar to that Grandmother used in quilts. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Removes waste and makes a lap similar to that Grandmother used in quilts. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Grading cloth. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

While this was not captioned, a man can be seen sweeping the floor © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Loading Bales. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Transferring thread to larger packs. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Jackson Mills Historic Photo

Bales are opened and allowed to fluff or bloom. © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of Iva


Iva Drugstore

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Iva Water Tower

William Thursby of Ware Shoals, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Iva


Contributor Michael R. Bannister shares, “In the early 1900s, Dr. Ernest Watson opened this drugstore and sold family remedies, Nunnally’s candy, fancy stationary, and school supplies.”

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Iva Info


Address: West Front Street, SC 29655
GPS Coordinates: 34.306092,-82.663960
Website: http://townofiva.com


Iva Map




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3 Comments about Iva

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2017 at 8:20 am

Hopefully, the area Chamber of Commerce can help with your question: http://www.andersonscchamber.com/iva.html

Kim DaviesNo Gravatar says:
February 8th, 2017 at 8:16 am

I heard they’re cleaning up the town that I hope is being restored to its natural beauty. A friend told me many drugs and trap houses are still there. I am concerned because of purchasing a home.

Dennis Metz says:
March 7th, 2016 at 1:50 am

Great site for those of us who were reared here!






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