Today, we do not usually think of
South Carolina with the term “gold rush”. However, the
first gold rush in the United States took place in the
southern portion of North Carolina. In 1799, a 12 year
old boy found a 17 pound, yellow, shiny rock in Cabarrus
County, NC. His
Dad not recognizing it for what it was took it to a
merchant in a nearby
town who gave him $3.50 for it. It was gold and
word about this discovery and others in the area
eventually led to the “Carolina Gold Rush”. This
rush was much slower to develop than the much later
California Gold rush
in 1849. It did not reach its peak until around 1830 and
As might be expected, the interest in gold led to
in South Carolina and the first gold was discovered in
the Greenville district in 1802. The state's first
recorded shipment of gold to the US mint was from a
Lancaster Mine in 1829.
The search for gold did not miss the Pacolet area.
indeed found here and was mined locally in several
places. The memory of
this still remains in place names such as Goldmine Road.
Just north of Pacolet
Station, this road connects
the old Spartanburg Highway (W. Main Street) to the
Clifton - Glendale Road
(State Rd. 59)at the bridge in Clifton. There was also a
gold mining operation
near the Goucher and Asbury
communities. It was
located near the place where the old Green River Road
intersects the modern highway, SC 211, not too far
from Wagstop Plantation
As late as the 1950’s, pieces of mining equipment could
still be seen here.
After the Civil War, Captain Charles B. Hammett
became a large land owner on the Pacolet River and in
Spartanburg County. He was also the owner of the
“Hammett Gold Mining Company”. The Hammett Grove Community
takes its name from
Around 1900, one Pacolet family had its own secret
gold mine. Read the story
at Secret Pacolet Gold Mine.
(Personal Note - My Dad was in the well drilling
business for many
years in the Pacolet area. He frequently found gold
dust in the wells he
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 adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485