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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.

Golden Creek Mill, Side View

Jo Anne Keasler of Greenville, 2015 © 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 Waterwheel

Jo Anne Keasler of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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, Walkway

Jo Anne Keasler of Greenville, 2015 © 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.

Golden Creek Mill, Front View

Jo Anne Keasler of Greenville, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Golden Creek Mill Info

Address: 201 Enon Church Road, Easley, SC 29640
GPS Coordinates: 34.824991,-82.644010
Website: http://www.scmills.com/golden.php

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13 Comments about Golden Creek Mill

Louise Orr says:
August 26th, 2019 at 6:43 pm

Great-granddaughter of Oliver and Annie Smith. Would love to visit this historical place some time.

Diane Jackson says:
April 1st, 2019 at 7:52 am

You can’t see or photo this mill as it is gated and locked. It is lovely and we would love to photograph it, but can’t. I have a phone number but no one answers (864 859-1958). We don’t need to tour inside, just take a few outside photographs. Is there any way to access?

SCIWAY says:
September 3rd, 2018 at 11:25 pm

Thank you for the update, we have the text changed!

Wesley says:
September 3rd, 2018 at 6:17 pm

I know the current owner of the mill, and he does no tours at this time. Don’t know if he will anytime soon, or may sell.

Jenni says:
July 6th, 2017 at 9:32 am

Thanks. Unfortunately, the website and phone number of Golden Creek Mills are disconnected! I tried to call but it was disconnected and I tried to find the website under SC Mills but it is no longer available.

Michael Eades says:
October 1st, 2017 at 3:39 pm

In the mid 1990’s it was my great privilege to do some repair work on the mill. I didn’t build the mill, Leroy Stewart did. I replaced a large portion of the siding and the under carriage. The water had rotted it. I stayed in touch with the Stewarts for several years. The mill has been closed since about ’98 or ’99 or so, Mr. Stewart’s health was failing, he and his wife lived in a house they built on the same property, for a time.They closed the mill because of health issues. As far as I know they still own it. The last time I was by there the mill was in bad need of more repairs. I haven’t been back since about 2001 or so. I don’t even know if the Stewart’s are still living.

SCIWAY says:
July 4th, 2017 at 12:04 pm

Hello Jenni! Great question! We looked into this matter and it looks like the mill is actually open by appointment. Here is their website with contact information. Hope you enjoy your trip there! http://www.scmills.com/golden.php

Jenni says:
July 3rd, 2017 at 9:12 am

I want to know if it is still on private property or now is accessible. I checked the comments and they were 2 1/2 years ago. I would love to visit this but I would respect it if it is still on private property.

SCIWAY 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.

Nikki 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 howard 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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