The Pacolet Area Museum



Pacolet Town Hall

The Pacolet Area Museum was founded to help preserve the community’s past. It is located on the lower level of the Pacolet Town Hall. This structure was given to the town by the Deering Milliken Corporation after the closing of Pacolet Mills in 1983. The building had served as the post office, town bank and company personnel office over the years. It became the Pacolet Town Hall in 1986.


The museum has a potential total area of 44,000 square feet. The initial funding of $50,000 for developing the museum was secured by state Representative Lanny Littlejohn.  Work to establish the museum started in 2001 through the efforts of the group Friends of the Pacolet Museum and Pacolet Mayor Elaine Harris. The Chairman of the group is David (Skeet) Smith. David’s Dad, William David Smith, was the first mayor of Pacolet Mills in 1955. The group raised money by various means including making and selling hash. The Museum was opened on October 18, 2009.

The Museum will be of great interest to anyone with a link to Pacolet. The Museum reveals the story of Pacolet. It covers the natural resources such as the Pacolet River and the Granite Quarries. It also includes the cultural heritage of the Cherokee, Catawba Indian presence, early settlers, American Revolution, textile industry and the Pacolet historic district.

The Museum has local interest books and Pacolet hats and shirts for sale. Future plans include adding genealogical research material for Pacolet families.

The Museum is interested in collecting and preseving items related to the history of Pacolet. You are encouraged to contact them about items that you might have to give or lend to them. Contact the Museum for arranging donations, operating hours or ordering merchandise by conventional mail at:

Pacolet Area Museum,
180 Montgomery Avenue
Pacolet, SC 29372;


or by email at :
David Smith - skeet1936@att.net

Mayor Harris -eharris@townofpacolet.com.

By telephone at: (864)- 474-9504.



Mural just outside of door to Museum
 
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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:
gteaster@pacoletmemories.com or by telephone at (843) 873-8117.
 My regular mail adress is:
1311 Jahnz Ave.
Summerville, SC 29485

See more information about my Pacolet connection at Gerald Teaster.