Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jack E. Millwood
For 22 Years Of
As Commissioner For
The Board Of Public Works
Erected 1996 by Gaffney Board of Public Works.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Man-Made Features • Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 35° 5.343′ N, 81° 41.902′ W. Marker is in Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from Peachoid Rd., on the left when traveling north. Next to Fatz Cafe, 294 Peachoid Rd. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. E.C. McArthur (approx. 1.4 miles away); Granard Graded and High School / Granard High School (approx. 2.6 miles away); Michael Gaffney (approx. 2.9 miles away); Gaffney (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also Gaffney (approx. 2.9 miles away); Cherokee County Confederate Monument (approx. 3 miles away); Gaffney Cornerstone (approx. 3 miles away); Michael Gaffney Home (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
Also see . . .
1. The Peachoid, Wikipedia entry. a very large water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina, United States, that resembles a peach. The water tower holds one million gallons of water and is located on Interstate 85 between exits 90 and 92 (near the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway ) (Submitted on November 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. The Peachoid (youtube.com). The town of Gaffney SC has a water tower shaped like a peach. It holds a million gallons of water and is 150 feet tall. (Submitted on October 20, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. The Changing South Finds Its Way on I-85. It begins quietly enough in the piney woods of southern Virginia. (Submitted on October 20, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Jack Millwood's Tower of Joy
Jack Millwood, a powerhouse of creativity from Gaffney, yearned for an influential symbol of the peach industry that was spreading throughout the South Carolina Upstate. Several years before the first Peach Festival, Millwood had an idea for a tower, a nearly mile-high peach that would attract the attention of travelers on the Cherokee Foothills Scenic Highway. However, fate would intervene when in 1978 a study revealed a need for a water tank to increase water pressure and flow and improve fire protection in the I-85 area. Millwood realized the water tower could become his dream of a peachoid.
After a lengthy procedure of selecting designs, comparing artists' renditions and finally soliciting bids for construction, the board approved Chicago Bridge and Iron's $969,000 price in October 1979. A portion of the funds for the peachoid was provided through Appalachian Regional Commission and the South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments.
The formation of a peach presented some problems, and although the job was challenging it was not daunting. Hours were spent inspecting real peaches to use for the model. The stem, twelve feet long and sixteen feet wide. The cleft, along the entire height of the peach, was created through steel paneling welded to the sphere. A nipple was added to the bottom to complete the transformation from a round water tank to the giant
Millwood was the perfect person to create the peachoid. He has a strong family network. The father of a son with Down Syndrome, he was part of the team that created and ensured the construction of the Charles Lae Center in Spartanburg. Charles Lae's mission was to provide rehabilitative and educational services to children and adults with minimal and physical handicaps.
Millwood served as Cherokee County coroner for twelve years beginning in 1950. He received the Young Man of the Year Award from the Jaycees in 1953 and the Volunteer of the Year Award for the South Carolina Industrial Development Board in 1982. He helped organize the Cherokee County Association for retarded Citizens, testified before Congress to help secure the Cowpens Battleground Monument and was on the original highway committee that conceived and named SC Highway 11 the Cherokee Scenic Foothills Highway. The South Carolina Appalachian Council of Governments, which was organized in 1965, will go down as one of Millwood's greatest contributions to the state of South Carolina. The group's sole purpose was to advise Governor McNain on how to invest funds channeled into the six counties of the Upstate that had been designed as part of the federal Appalachian region. Two members of the six counties were appointed by
Millwood is active in his church as a teacher and leader. He has received the Cherokee and Gaffney Sertoma Club's Service of Mankind Award, the Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award for over fifty years of service and the Order of the Palmetto, and he had been selected to the Cherokee County Hall of Fame.
Jack Millwood continues to be committed to people and things that make a difference in the South Carolina Upstate. He is a peach of a guy. From Nancy Ryan's interviews with Frances and Jack Millwood. (Source: Tales from the South Carolina Upstate: Where Cotton and Peaches Grow by Nancy Rhyne (2007) pgs 68-70.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,162 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 20, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 6, 7, 8. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 9, 10, 11. submitted on April 6, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.