Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Bowen's Mill

Marker ID: SCHM 39-11
Location: at the intersection of Old Saluda Dam Rood and Cut Road, Easley, SC
County: Pickens
Coordinates: N 34° 51.235    W 082° 31.183
  34.853917    -82.519717
Style: Free Standing **


This mill was built about 1860 by Col. Robert E. Bowen (1830-1909) Confederate officer, state representative, state senator, and Pickens County businessman. Bowen, a prominent advocate for progressive farming, was also active in the railroad and timber industries. In addition to this mill, the complex here included a store, blacksmith´s shop, saw mill, and cotton gin.

The mill passed through several owners in the first quarter of the twentieth century., from Bowen´s son James O. Bowen to Albert Kay and Kay´s widow Tallulah, and then successively to N.T. Waddell, Ida S. Johnson, and a Mrs. Shembosky, who sold it to Hovey A. Lark (1890-1968) during the Depression. Lark ground corn here from the early 1930s until about 1965.

Erected by Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, Pickens Chapter - 2004