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Dillon County Markers
South Carolina (Dillon County), Bingham — 17-10 — Reedy Creek Springs
About 0.4 miles NW is Reedy Creek Springs, known for the medicinal value of its water. Here, before the turn of the century, William B. Allen laid out a quadrangle of a few acres, planted water oaks, and built a pavilion, hotel, cottages, and stables. The spa became popular as a gathering place for religious, educational, cultural, and social groups from a wide area. Reedy Creek Springs was a popular Pee Dee area resort for a number of years before and after 1900, and visitors traveled . . . — Map (db m17312) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Centerville — 17-4 — Joel Allen House
This house, located ľ mile east, was built about 1857 by Joel Allen, Baptist minister who organized and served many churches in the Pee Dee area 1838–1884. He represented Marion County in the S.C. General Assembly 1870–1872. His son, W.B. Allen, added a second story to the 1½ story dwelling about 1891. The present kitchen was built about 1940 by J.J. Allen. — Map (db m17839) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — 17-8 — Dillon County / Dillon County Courthouse
Originally in colonial Craven County, this area became part of Georgetown District, 1769; Liberty County, 1785; Marion District, 1798; and Marion County, 1868. The movement to separate this county from upper Marion County began some years before the General Assembly enacted the bill creating Dillon County. It was signed by Governor Martin F. Ansel, Feb. 5, 1910, in the presence of Dillon citizens. James W. Dillon and his son Thomas gave one-half of this block for erection of the Dillon . . . — Map (db m24722) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — Duncan McLaurin ó 1847–1934 ó Father of Dillon
First settler, first merchant, first mayor, first postmaster, chairman of first school board. Post Office in his store—20 feet north of this point. This memorial erected in 1990 by his family. — Map (db m16821) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — James W. Dillon
Founder of Dillon and Father of Dillon County. A man of firm convictions, gentle manners and generous impulses, who loved and believed his fellow man. A loyal citizen, a public benefactor, who gave freely of the fruits of a rich and resourceful mind for the spiritual, intellectual and material advancement of the town and county he loved so well. — Map (db m24725) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — 17-2 — James W. Dillon House Museum
This house was built in 1890 as the home of James W. Dillon, the father of Dillon County, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Purchased by the Dillon County Historical Society in 1967, it was moved to this site and restored as a museum to preserve a record of those who contributed to the development of Dillon County. — Map (db m24747) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — 17-13 — Main Street Methodist Church
This church, founded in 1892, built its first sanctuary at West Main St. and Third Ave., where the Dillon County Courthouse now stands. That lot was donated by James W. Dillon (1826–1913), for whom the town and county are named. The original church, a frame building, was moved to the corner of Third Ave. and Hudson St. in 1910 to make way for the new county courthouse, completed in 1911. The first sanctuary here, a brick cruciform church in the Gothic Revival . . . — Map (db m18513) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — 17-11 — Pee Dee Church
Duncan McIntire, a licensed minister who preached in Gaelic for those who could speak no other language, organized this Presbyterian congregation shortly before 1829. The present vernacular Gothic Revival structure was completed by 1851. A number of other congregations had their beginnings in this church. — Map (db m18516) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Dillon — 17-12 — Town of Dillon / Florence Railroad Company
Town of Dillon. Dillon was laid out by civil engineers of the Florence Railroad Company following a plan by John H. David, a local physician. The town was incorporated by the General Assembly on December 22, 1888, and its boundaries extended in a half-mile radius from the railroad depot. The first mayor and postmaster of the town was Duncan McLaurin. In 1893, a freight station was constructed, and in 1904, the present passenger depot was built. Florence Railroad Company. In 1882, . . . — Map (db m16826) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Lake View — 17-14 — Fordís Mill & Pageís Mill / Lake View
In 1792 Major William Ford built a dam at each end of Bear Swamp, creating a millpond and building a grist mill. This area was known as Fordís Mill for many years. In 1870 Dr. C. T. Ford sold the property to his brother-in-law, Joseph N. Page, who soon opened a large general store. The community was renamed Pageís Mill, and in 1877 a post office was opened with J. N. Page as its first postmaster. After the railroad came through this area in 1900 the town of Pageís Mill grew from the mill, . . . — Map (db m27945) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Lake View — 17-1 — The Meeting House
On December 22, 1801, one acre on the north side of Bear Swamp was deeded for the use of the Baptist Society. Local tradition says that the meeting house which stood on this tract was built in 1780s and was used as a camp site by travelers between Fayetteville and Georgetown. In 1831, the Baptist Society was constituted as Bear Swamp Church. — Map (db m5084) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — 17-6 — Catfish Creek Baptist Church
This Baptist Church, constituted in 1802, has ordained eleven ministers, provided a missionary to Brazil, and has assisted in establishing a number of other churches. The present house of worship, dedicated in 1883 with portico added in 1970, is on the National Register of Historic Places. — Map (db m17815) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — Dillon County Museum
Built next door to his residence, this c. 1915 brick building served as the medical office of Dr. Henry Edwards, one of Latta's first physicians,[ Picture included] and subsequently the dentist office of his son Luther. [Picture included] Luther's daughter Carolyn deeded the property to the Dillon County Historical Society. Having undergone extensive renovations, it is today the Dillon County Museum. The Museum offers a turn of the century glimpse of life in Dillon County through its . . . — Map (db m45335) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — Latta Library: A Carnegie Library
Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland in 1835 as the Industrial Revolution was sweeping across Great Britian. Seeking a better life his family arrived in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania while Andrew was a small child. From a bobbin boy in a cotton mill Carnegie rose to steel magnate becoming one of the richest men in the world.[ Picture included] Following the sale of his steel company to rival JP Morgan, Carnegie, not believing in charity, set up the Carnegie Corporation to help those who wanted to . . . — Map (db m45146) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — Latta's Railroad Story
Following the War Between the States and during the Reconstruction Era southern railroads were in complete disarray. By the 1880s, through mergers and new investments, the "Golden Era of Railroads" emerged in the country and literally rolled into the Pee Dee. A section of new rails that would become the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad entered this area in 1888. At this strategic point along the railroad a depot was constructed. The nucleus of a community was planted and it grew as new inhabitants . . . — Map (db m46255) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — 17-15 — Pine Hill A.M.E. Church / Pine Hill Rosenwald School
Pine Hill A.M.E. Church This church, founded in 1876, was in Marion County before Dillon County was created in 1910. At first on S.C. Hwy. 34, the church acquired this site in 1891 when Alfred Franklin Page (1863-1929) and his wife Laura Willis Page (1886-1963) donated 1.97 acres here. The congregation built a new Pine Hill A.M.E. Church shortly afterwards. This sanctuary was built in 1977. Pine Hill Rosenwald School Pine Hill Rosenwald School, one of the first ten Rosenwald . . . — Map (db m48927) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — Post Office and General Store ó (Latta, S.C.)
In rural communities throughout the country, the local general store was the focal point of town activities. Not only did these stores serve to provide the necessities of life, they offered a gathering point for the exchange of information and more often than not where they would post and pick up their mail. The Bethea Store and Post Office was one such community center. The building has been restored through a grant provided by the Latta School District and furnished much the same way as it . . . — Map (db m45600) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — Robert Earl Atkinson, Sr.
In Memory Robert Earl Atkinson, Sr. 1899 - 1970 Co-founder of Dilmar Oil Company, Inc. in 1931 to sell Shell Oil products in Dillon and Marion Counties. In 1946 the Atkinson family became the sole owners of Dilmar. In 2010 Dilmar is one of the largest Shell Lubricant distributors in the southeast. Mr. Atkinson was a benevolent resident of Latta serving his community in many capacities as well as representing it as a state representative. — Map (db m46602) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — The Edwards House
The house was originally constructed by Daniel Washington Biggs and his business partner in the late 1880s. They owned a large sawmill in the area and needed a place to board northern lumber buyers visiting their mill. It operated as a boarding house for several years before it was purchased by Dr. Henry Edwards and his wife Caroline "Carrie" Haselden Edwards. It was the first two-storied house in Latta. Dr. and Mrs. Edwards raised their family here and the interior has been restored to . . . — Map (db m46093) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — 17-9 — The Latta Library
In 1911 W. C. Allen led a movement for a public library in Latta and was authorized by the town council to negotiate with Andrew Carnegie for funds. After the town complied with conditions set by Mr. Carnegie, he donated $5,000 and C. F. Bass of Latta gave land for the building, which opened as the Latta Library in 1914. Voters in a valid election levied a tax for maintenance. A rear portion and north wing were added later. (Reverse text) This library initially served the Latta area . . . — Map (db m44749) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Latta — Vidalia Academy
††Herod W. Williams was concerned about the education of his children as were many parents in Latta. With the help of farm hands Allen constructed a one room school on his property. When the school opened in 1877 there were fifteen students who paid an annual tuition of $3.50. Two years later the school was moved to the other side of Latta to lands donated by Dr. F.M. Monroe in hopes of increasing the student enrollment. In time the enrollment did increase creating the need for the addition of . . . — Map (db m46692) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Little Rock — 17-7 — Saint Paul Methodist Church
This church was established prior to 1803 and was known as Liberty Chapel. The present structure, built in 1871, is significant both for its architecture and as a reflection of Methodism in the Pee Dee area. A Victorian adaptation of the classic meeting-house form, St. Paulís was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. — Map (db m17842) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Little Rock — 17-5 — Selkirk Farm
David Satterwhite was granted 177 acres here in 1789 by Charles Pinckney, Governor of S. C. In 1855 this tract passed into the hands of The Rev. James A. Cousar, who added a three acre tract in 1858 on which he built the present house, gin house and outbuildings. The name originated from a nearby post office which was discontinued in 1901. — Map (db m17841) HM
South Carolina (Dillon County), Oak Grove — 17-3 — Early Cotton Press
This cotton press, built in 1798 according to tradition, is thought by many to be the oldest in existence. It was first owned and used by John Bethea III, and later by Henry Berry. Powered by oxen or mules rotating the beam to tighten the press, it was rendered obsolete by modern machinery. A Berry descendant moved it to this site about 1946 to preserve it. — Map (db m17773) HM
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