The Settlement at Grindal Shoals
Grindal Shoals is a ford on the Pacolet River in what is
now Union and Cherokee Counties. The shoals is upstream
from where South Carolina Highway 18 now crosses the
river. Morganís American army was camped here before
they began to retreat from Tarleton before the Battle of
Cowpens. The first European settlers on the Pacolet
River settled in the vicinity of Grindal Shoals. The
ford gets its name from John Grindal, the first European
settler to live there and own the land. Not much is
known about him. He settled at the Ford around 1755 and
was the first of an eventual flood of settlers to come
to the area. Some time after this, the noted Patriot,
Colonel Elijah Clark, led a group from Virginia to the
vicinity. They settled and built their homes near
Grindal Shoals along both sides of the Pacolet River.
They soon spread up the Broad River and Thicketty Creek.
Elijah Clark was a noted hero during the
Revolutionary War. However, by the time of the War he
had moved from Grindal Shoals to settle on the Georgia
Grindal Shoals was an important crossing during the
Revolution. A considerable sized settlement formed here
after the War. Besides the farmers there were grist
mills, stores, lawyers and even a small textile factory.
For a variety of reasons, this settlement did not
prosper and by 1885 most traces if it had vanished.
There are many people living in the Pacolet area today
whose ancestors came and settled at Grindal Shoals long
ago. Some of these names are Bailey, Coleman, Fowler,
Hodge, Littlejohn, James, Nuckolls, Goudelock, and Wood.
Rick Meehan has family connections to the Grindal
Shoals Sportsman's Club. This club owns the historic
property of Grindal Shoals. Rick has compiled
information from the Internet that relates to Grindal
Shoals and it can be seen at Information on Grindal
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
mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485