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Near Greer in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Gilreath's Mill

 
 
Gilreath's Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By M. L., September 1, 2008
1. Gilreath's Mill Marker
Inscription.
State of South Carolina
Department of Archives and History
Gilreath's Mill
has been entered on
The National Register of Historic Places
by the
United States Department of the Interior under provisions of the National
Historic Preservation Act of 1966

 
Erected 1976.
 
Location. 34° 58.381′ N, 82° 16.702′ W. Marker is near Greer, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Gilreath Mill Road (State Highway 101), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2346 Gilreath Mill Road, Greer SC 29651, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Methodist Men Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); O'Neal Village (approx. 2.2 miles away); Suber's Mill (approx. 3 miles away); Chick Springs (approx. 3.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Spring-Wood Park (approx. 3.3 miles away); Indian Boundary Line (approx. 3.7 miles away); Tribute to Greer Firefighters (approx. 3.7 miles away);
Gilreath's Mill Marker Attached to Front of Building. image. Click for full size.
By M. L., September 1, 2008
2. Gilreath's Mill Marker Attached to Front of Building.
From the National Register nomination form: "The original mill, a two-and-one-half story frame building, is still standing...Tradition dates is ca. 1814 but the first contemporary account is 1839."
Manufacturing Site (approx. 3.7 miles away but has been reported missing); Mike Garfield (approx. 3.7 miles away); Stone Mortar (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Greer.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gilreath's Mill - Waymarks. Built in 1812 (in 2008 this is 196 years ago), it was originally constructed as a corn mill. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.) 

2. Gilreath's Mill. Gilreath’s Mill is one of the few remaining mills in South Carolina that recalls the vital tradition of rural industry. (Submitted on September 21, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. About Gilreath's Mill
Built in 1812, Gilreath's Mill was built and operated by Joel Bruce on land he owned between 1901-1840. At first, this two-story mill was a corn mill, but after 1890, it became a flour mill. Washington Taylor bought his mill in 1873, and then in 1890, R.d. Gilreath became the owner of the mill. Gilreath's Mill remains in the ownership of the Gilreath family today. (Source: Greenville County Historic Sites Driving Tour, by the Greenville
Gilreath's Mill - Fromt Door image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
3. Gilreath's Mill - Fromt Door
Although the mill was originally operated by Joel Bruce, it is known as Gilreath's Mill due to the name painted on this door.
County Library System, 2004, pg. 22.)
    — Submitted February 6, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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View of Gilreath's Mill, looking North from Hwy 101 image. Click for full size.
By M. L., October 25, 2005
4. View of Gilreath's Mill, looking North from Hwy 101
View of Gilreath's Mill, looking South on Hwy 101 image. Click for full size.
By M. L., October 20, 2005
5. View of Gilreath's Mill, looking South on Hwy 101
Gilreath's Mill image. Click for full size.
By M. L., October 20, 2005
6. Gilreath's Mill
Stone Pillars Supporting Gilreath's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 1, 2003
7. Stone Pillars Supporting Gilreath's Mill
Gilreath's Mill - Rear Overhang image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 1, 2003
8. Gilreath's Mill - Rear Overhang
From the National Register nomination form: "A projecting pent roof is located between the first and second levels. On the rear of the nineteenth century mill, a shed dormer window faces the water wheel."
Gilreath's Mill and Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
9. Gilreath's Mill and Water Wheel
according to the current owner (4th generation) the creek is not nearly strong enough to power the wheel. Water was brought from a pond upstream via an earthen millrace to a wooden millrace which fed the water to the wheel.
Gilreath's Mill image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
10. Gilreath's Mill
Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By M. L., October 20, 2005
11. Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel
Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By M. L., May 18, 1998
12. Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel
Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By M. L., May 18, 1998
13. Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel
Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By M. L., May 18, 1998
14. Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel
Gilreath's Mill - Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, July 1, 2003
15. Gilreath's Mill - Water Wheel
Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
16. Gilreath's Mill Water Wheel
Gilreath's Millstone image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
17. Gilreath's Millstone
From the National Register nomination form: "The mill was an integral part of the social and economic part of the area. A means of procuring staple foods, Gilreath's Mill was also a place where people could congregate."
Gilreath's Mill -<br>Interior West Wall image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
18. Gilreath's Mill -
Interior West Wall
From the National register nomination form: "An example of the production levels of the mill is found in the South Carolina Industrial Census of 1860. Owned at that time by John Heller, the mill produced 1750 pounds of cornmeal and 60 bushels of flour. Value of this annual yield was $1750 for the cornmeal and $420 for the flour."
Gilreath's Mill -<br>Interior Row of Shelving image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
19. Gilreath's Mill -
Interior Row of Shelving
Gilreath's Mill -<br>Interior Millstone Platform image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, February 5, 2009
20. Gilreath's Mill -
Interior Millstone Platform
View of the creek that feed the Water Wheel image. Click for full size.
By M. L., October 20, 2005
21. View of the creek that feed the Water Wheel
 
 
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