This site is strictly a personal
memory. It is not intended to be a complete history or even
totally factual. It is my own memory and impressions of Pacolet
and Pacolet Mills, its people and the locations that
existed 60 years ago. As I got older, I came to realize how
unique and special Pacolet and the surrounding area had been when I was
a child. At the same time, I
realized that a great number of the places and people that
I remember existed only in my memory. Almost all of the Pacolet
Mills buildings and structures, except the houses, have been torn
down. It occurred to me that if people my age did not write it
down, then the story of this rich blend of people, places and
events would be lost forever to today’s children and those to
come in the future.
I will be the first to admit that these
memories look at the past of Pacolet through rose colored glasses. But,
indeed, as a child that is how I saw my world. It is almost trite
to say it but Pacolet Mills in the 1940’s and early 1950’s
was almost like one large and extended family. Back then, in
my memory, adults really were adults. They made things
happen. They were almost always kind to children and other
adults. They worked hard and made a world for their kids that was
fun and to me, continuously entertaining. These
memories will not be a critical analysis of the conditions of the
times. They will be the recollections of a small boy that at the
time believed that he lived in a southern version of the Garden of Eden.
This is not the official website of the Town of Pacolet.
That can be found at http://www.townofpacolet.com/.
Throughout the South, particularly the Upcountry of
South Carolina, a way of life has almost disappeared within the short
span of twenty five years. In this time, the textile industry in the
South has almost ceased to exist. It has moved overseas to locations
around the world. The South Carolina towns and villages associated with
the textile industry have been seriously impacted. The changes
brought about by the disappearance of the cotton mills have
affected many small towns and their people almost like
wartime. The main industry in most of these towns has been destroyed.
Thousands of people have been affected. Some changed to other
lines of work at lower salaries. Some moved to follow textile work at
another place as long as it would last. Some went back to school to
learn another skill. The hardest hit were those in their 50’s and 60’s
that had never worked at anything but the textile business. All were
hit hard and almost all had
a sense of having been betrayed. Both the state of South Carolina and
the Federal Government were nowhere to be seen handing out
millions of dollars in “stimulus money” when the Upstate textile
industry was being destroyed.
There was much good and not so good about the textile industry.
There was also a great amount of misunderstanding about life in and
around the mill villages among those outside the area even in South
Carolina. The purpose of this website is keep the memories of the
Pacolet area alive and to try to provide insight and understanding of
one mill town, its people and its institutions.
I invite you to send your own memories,
photographs and stories of Pacolet. The story of how and why your
ancestors came to Pacolet to live and work is particularly solicited.
An entire section of the website will be devoted to the families of the
area. I also ask you to please send corrections and additions to the
information given. Much of this is based on my memories after 60 or
even 70 years and might not be completely - or even partially -
correct. Send information to me via email at email@example.com
or by regular mail to the address given at the bottom of the page.
Besides personal memories, I have relied on several very
interesting books for information about the Pacolet area. I recommend
these books to anyone wanting more detailed information relating to
Pacolet and the surrounding vicinty. A list of these books can be seen
at Reference Books.
The main subjects covered by this website are
covered by the broad categories below. Clicking on these links will
give you more detailed information about that subject including
additional links to sub-stories.
THE PACOLET AREA MUSEUM -
This important facility will help keep the memory of
Pacolet's past alive.
MEMORIES - Send us your
memories for the website and read what other folks have sent.
RICK ROWLAND'S ART ABOUT PACOLET
THE NEIGH NEWSPAPER - Efforts are underway to have
each issue of The Neigh here.
Now complete through 1952.
THE HISTORY OF THE PACOLET AREA
REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND THE PACOLET AND GLENDALE AREA
THE SOAPSTONE QUARRIES
THE PACOLET RIVER
THE TOWNS AND THE GOVERNMENT
BROWNS BRANCH AND BRIDGE
PACOLET STATION POST OFFICES
PACOLET HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHER
PACOLET STATION SCHOOLS
ESTABLISH A PACOLET HIGH SCHOOL MEMORIAL READING GARDEN)
LIST OF ALL THE GRADUATES OF
PACOLET HIGH SCHOOL FROM 1929 - 1976
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CLASSES
AND MANY INDIVIDUALS OF PACOLET HIGH SCHOOL FROM 1929-1976
LIST OF MOST OF THE
FACULTY OF PACOLET HIGH SCHOOL FROM 1929-1976
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FACULTY OF PACOLET HIGH
SCHOOL FROM 1949 -1957
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FACULTY OF PACOLET
HIGH SCHOOL FROM 1958 -1976
CANNERY AT PACOLET HIGH SCHOOL
PACOLET STATION WAS LIKE IN THE PERIOD 1909-1915
LIVING IN PACOLET STATION IN 1942
MAPS OF PACOLET STATION
MAPS OF CENTRAL PACOLET
THE MILL WHISTLE AND THE PASSING GENERATIONS
IT WAS SO COMPLICATED!
PACOLET MILLS, THE BEST MILL VILLAGE IN
SOUTH - ARTICLE, OCTOBER, 1921
THE COMPANY PASTURE AND COW STALLS
THE PACOLET FLOOD
THE YMCA (THE HALL)
THE FLAT AND THE CAFE
DR. HILL AND THE CLINIC
THE PACOLET MILLS SCHOOLS
PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE FIRST AND SECOND
GRADES IN 1939 AT PACOLET MILLS ELEMENTARY
BASEBALL AND THE BALL PARK
THE HOTEL AND HOTEL HILL
THE 4TH OF JULY BARBECUE
PACOLET MILLS' SITES ON
THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
MAPS OF PACOLET MILLS
PACOLET PLACE NAMES AND LOCATIONS
VETERANS - An
attempt is being made to list every veteran that ever served from
the Pacolet area.
PACOLET FIRE DEPARTMENTS
MILLS RESCUE SQUAD
WORLD WAR II
STORES AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE
PACOLET AREA IN THE 1940'S AND 1950'S
DO YOU KNOW?
Almost all of the stories
articles on this website are listed as links on the page, Contents. They are all
also listed as links in individual articles that are listed above.
However, the Contents page shows links to
all of the stories, including sub - stories, in
one place. The exceptions to this are some "pdf" data files that still
must be reached through the link on the main subject page.
This web site has been started as a public service
to share the story of Pacolet. The web master and person to contact
about putting information on the web site is me, Gerald Teaster.
Contact me at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. My
regular mail address is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485
See more information about my Pacolet connection at Gerald Teaster. If you are
interested, you can click on Work Biography to
see my work experience.
Join the efforts of The
Textile Heritage Center. This organization is
committed to creating greater awareness of the contributions made by
Southern cotton mill people. Their current publication of "The Bobbin
and Shuttle" has two stories about Glendale. Information about joining
their organization and buying a copy of the Bobbin and Shuttle is on
their website at:
Cliffside Mill in North Carolina was much like Pacolet Mills. Residents
have started a fascinating website to tell the story of their people,
town and their past. The site has movies taken in 1937 and 1940. These
movies tell an intimate story of the community and the people as they
went about their lives. Although taken at Cliffside, life in Pacolet
Mills was very similar. The web site is:
TheStartex/Tucapau Historical Society has an
interesting website relating to the Startex mill and community in South
Carolina. It is :
Junior History Press also sponsors a website to tell the
story of our neighboring community of Glendale, SC. It can be seen at:
The City and County of Greenville, SC were long at the
center of textile production in all of the South. They are in the
forefront of preseving our textile heritage. Visit their interesting
web site at: