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
The Museum has local interest books and Pacolet hats and shirts for
sale. Future plans include adding genealogical research material for Pacolet
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone at: (864)- 474-9504.
Mural just outside of door to Museum
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
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.