This was the name of the community near
the Spartanburg-Union railroad station. There was a community here
before the coming of the railroad that
had grown up around Tolleson's Tavern. This
community was called
Buzzards Roost. The railroad was built in the 1850's and the first
passed through what is now Pacolet on November 25, 1859. The coming of
railroad led to many changes in the area. One of the changes was that
name of the town was changed from Buzzards Roost to Pacolet Station
of the railroad depot that existed there. The town was incorporated on
6, 1896. However, long before it was incorporated, the little town was
During the Civil War, many Confederate soldiers left for service
Pacolet Station. Many of these never lived to return.
Turner grew up in
Pacolet Station and graduated from Pacolet High School in the class of
1942. He now lives in Lodi, California. He has recently sent us a brief
“Mystery History” of Pacolet. Station The story was written by
Brooks and was passed on to Jim by his sister, Billie Turner Parker, of
the PHS class of 1934.
It is not known when Mrs. Brooks wrote the article but it is very
informative. It has been found that quite a bit of her material was
used, word for word, in parts of the History of Pacolet,
the Pacolet Area Centennial in 1983. However, as far as I
can tell, no reference is made to Mrs. Brooks in the Pacolet History.
To add to the mystery, the online book site, Amazon.com,
lists a booklet on Pacolet written by Mrs. Brooks, but is no longer
available. It is not known if Jim’s copy of the article was the entire
booklet - part of it - or something altogether different.
Some online research has found
that Anna Black Brooks was born on June 15, 1885 and died on Sept. 7,
1973. She was the wife of James Furman Brooks and is buried in the
Pacolet Methodist Cemetery. We would certainly appreciate if anyone
that knows about Mrs. Brooks and her story would contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Her very interesting article can be read at Anna
Brooks' Story of
Once upon a time, Pacolet Station and Pacolet Mills were two distinctly
places. They had different economies and even different people. Much of
economy of Pacolet Station was dependent not only on the railroad but
the farmers in the area surrounding the town. The farmers came to the
stores in Pacolet Station to buy their supplies and groceries. In the
they also brought their cotton to the gin in Pacolet Station to be
and baled. Also, many of the families in Pacolet Station and the
area around it had been living in the vicinity for many generations.
had been schools in and around Pacolet Station since the late 1800’s
many of its residents were well educated and most could read and write.
The economy of Pacolet Mills, on the other hand, almost
totally revolved around the work in the textile mills. Some of the
folks that worked and lived at Pacolet Mills had families that had also
lived in the area since before the Revolution. However, there were many
that were newcomers to the Pacolet vicinity. They came from the
mountains of North Carolina and all
over the Upcountry Piedmont. Many of the newcomers, particularly those
the mountains, were not well educated or had never been to school at
Schools were scarce in many parts of the mountains.
From what I have heard from folks, long gone, is that there
was a sort of antagonism between the two communities -a “we versus
they”. If I understood it right, Pacolet Station folks thought the
newcomers were flooding in to change the community. They felt the
workers had sold their souls to the mill company and were almost “wage
slaves”. The mill workers, on the other hand, felt that the farmers and
merchants of Pacolet Station were resistant to change and held up
progress. They thought they "worshipped the almighty
It probably would have helped a great deal if the mill workers
could have readily shopped at the stores in Pacolet Station but that
hard to do. The two communities were almost two miles apart. Few of the
workers had cars up until after WWII. Also, the company store at
Mills, had a variety of products and also offered ready credit.
Fortunately, most of these old attitudes have almost totally
disappeared today. Probably, no typical Pacolet teenager could tell you
if he was from the “Pacolet Station mercantile culture” or from the
Mills textile culture”.
I lived in Pacolet Station for about six months in 1942 when I
was five years old. Click on this link to
read what this was like.
Click on this link, to read about the Stores
Activities in Pacolet Station over the years.
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