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Hogbear Hollow – Mt. Croghan, South Carolina

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The Chesterfield County town of Mt. Croghan is home to this restored grist mill once called Steen Millpond. In 1975 North Carolina native Jane and Hugh Neisler purchased the property and rehabilitated the mill, turning it once again into a working grist mill.

Steen Grist Mill

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

According to local lore, a small bear – about the size of a hog – on occasion could be seen roaming the area, giving the mill its current name. Today the Neislers grind corn in their mill, offering demonstrations to anyone interested in learning about mill life and customs. While they do not sell their cornmeal, they are happy to share it with friends, neighbors, and visitors.

Steen Millpond

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Contributor Jim Jenkins, who supplied us with the photos and information on Hogbear Hollow, shares these words from mill owner Hugh Neisler: “We are very low-key and don’t do much advertising – but a little exposure may not hurt.”

Hogbear Hollow

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Mr. Jenkins also encourages people to visit the working mill, saying, “The restoration process has been amazing, and the mill is a hidden treasure on a dirt road, well off the beaten path, offering a glimpse of the past and demonstrations of what hard work can accomplish.”

Reflections on Hogbear Hollow

Jim Jenkins further shares this info about the old mill and its owners: “Today Hogbear Hollow is a treasure awaiting your discovery. While the site is a visual treat, you will enjoy the Neislers’ company even more.”

Add your own reflections here.

Hogbear Hollow Info

Address: Zilly Steen Road, Mt. Croghan, SC 29727
GPS Coordinates: 34.728310,-80.286946

Hogbear Hollow Map

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5 Comments about Hogbear Hollow

Jim EvittNo Gravatar says:
November 7th, 2017 at 7:33 pm

Hogbear Mill was owned By my ancestors, the Steen Family.

Donnie Sullivan says:
April 19th, 2016 at 10:10 pm

The Neislers are a very nice, friendly couple who love people and do own a real piece of history in Chesterfield County.

Donald Irving Mac Kay Jr. says:
July 24th, 2015 at 4:22 pm

History we should learn from.

Jennifer Hatcher Sykes says:
December 24th, 2014 at 11:45 pm

I remember this well with Hugh and Jane. I visited it when I was a teenager with Joe A. Neisler, my step-father. LOVELY!

Pauline Neisler says:
December 24th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Yes, that's me.

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