Major John Tolleson was the first European settler
in the area that was to eventually be known as Pacolet Station. In 1784, he was given a Royal
grant for land in what is now Pacolet. He was also given a license to operate
a tavern and sell alcoholic beverages. He built a log structure that lasted
for over a hundred years. The building was in the general vicinity where
Jerusalem Church Road ( State Rd. S-42-572) intersects with Main St. (State
Rd. S-42-227) in Pacolet Station. At that time, the Jerusalem Church Road
was known as the Grindal Shoals Road and
was one of the few roads in the Up Country. This tavern was one of the first
commercial establishments in the area.
Mills Atlas of 1824 shows this tavern as being located on what was known
then as Tolleson Road. This was the stagecoach road
that ran between Spartanburg and Columbia. Evidently, Tolleson was responsible
for maintaining his part of the road. Main Street of Pacolet Station is
on the route of the stagecoach road. Tolleson also opened a store near the
tavern. Tolleson died around 1820 at about 90 years old.
According to old accounts, the area around the tavern and the store was
first known by the name of Buzzard’s Roost because of the extensive amount
of cockfighting that took place there. The little community also acquired
a reputation for horse racing, fighting and drinking.
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