Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Early Cotton Mill

Marker ID: SCHM 35-27
Location: on SC 385 about 2 miles N of Bennettsville at Road 372
County: Marlboro
Coordinates: N 34° 39.9    W 079° 39.434
  34.665    -79.65723333
Style: Free Standing **


About 1836 William T. Ellerbe, John McQueen, and John N. Williams built a cotton mill approximately one mile northwest. Power for operation of the mill came from the waters of nearby Crooked Creek. Ellerbe and Williams sold their stock in the mill to Meekin Townsend in 1844. The mill was destroyed by fire in 1851, but Burnt Factory Pond remains today.

Erected by Marlboro County Historic Presevation Commission - 1978