The Towns and the Government
Even to folks with long time ties to Pacolet,
there is some confusion exactly who and where the local government is.
When I was a kid in the 1940’s and early 1950’s, there were two local towns,
Pacolet Station and Pacolet Mills.
Pacolet Station had become an incorporated town in 1896. Pacolet
Mills had been started in 1883. The Mill Company owned land and houses
on both sides of the river and provided all the necessary services. The
Mill Company served the role of municipal government until 1955 when they
sold the Company houses. The town of Pacolet Mills
was incorporated in 1955 with Mr. David Smith as the first mayor.
The confusion about the governments started in the late 1950’s over what
some have called “The Great Water Wars”. It is too complex to cover on
this website but it had to do with who would own and provide water service
to the area. The Town of Pacolet Station had its own small water system
and was interested in getting water from the town of Spartanburg. The Mill
Company had a large water system to provide service to the town of Pacolet
Mills and did not want the town of Spartanburg involved.
The dispute escalated and there were strong feelings on both sides. As
a result, there were several new towns formed and incorporated. Pacolet
Mills had been incorporated in 1955. The part of the mill village known
as “Boss Line” was incorporated as the town of Pacolet Park in July, 1955.
The area between Pacolet Station and Pacolet Mills incorporated as the town
of Central Pacolet in September, 1955.
This resulted in the fact that there were four incorporated towns touching
each other in the short distance of two miles. The combined population
of all four towns probably did not exceed 3,500 people.
In 1997, the situation became what it is today. The towns of Pacolet
Station and Pacolet Mills merged into the present town of Pacolet. The
town is governed by Mayor Elaine Harris and the six member town council.
Pacolet Park lost its incorporation in 1976 and now longer exists as a town.
Central Pacolet is still an incorporated town and is governed by Mayor Vicki
Cooke and a four person town council.
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