This charming mill in Landrum dates to the 1820s and was built by George Wallace Huet Lewis Dickey, who owned 2,100 acres in North and South Carolina. Dickey was a plantation owner and also operated a sawmill and gristmill. Following the Civil War, the land was acquired by a family named Green. Dickey died in 1868, so it is possible that the transfer happened following Dickey’s death. The mill and surrounding property then became Green’s Mill.
It wasn’t until nearly a century later, in 1960, that the mill was purchased by J.L. Ballenger and became known as Ballenger’s Mill. The property sits along the Middle Tyger River, which once powered the mill. Ballenger Mill became part of Willow Creek Conservatory, a wedding venue which included a wedding chapel, at some point near the turn of the twenty-first century. However, this venue is no longer in operation. Today the bucolic property encompasses 47 acres.
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