Barfield Mill dates to the early twentieth century (1). Located in the Westville area, near Camden, the historic complex is an example of an early grist mill situated on the edge of a millpond (1). The smaller structure is known as a miller’s house (1).
The mill was originally owned by Lewis Barfield. Barfield’s descendant, Jovonna “Jo” Lucas of Irmo, contributed the following information:
This property belonged to my mother’s father, Lewis Barfield. My mother’s name was Belvia CeCelia Barfield. The front part of the old house was a general store and the family lived in the back part of the house. My mother passed away in 2014 but her brother, Kenneth, still lives in Camden, SC.
Lewis was born on January 17, 1898 and died September 23, 1951. He married Willie Helen Hegler on March 30, 1925. They had six children but two died as infants. Their surviving children were Jean, Bill, Belvia, and Kenneth. He is buried in Kershaw City Cemetery. His parents were Lewis Edward Barfield and Emma Bowers Barfield.
Barfield Mill Pond: Sources
1. New South Associates, Historic Resources Survey: Kershaw County, South Carolina (Stone Mountain, GA, 2002).
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