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Blacksburg in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A Looming Mystery

 
 
A Looming Mystery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
1. A Looming Mystery Marker
Inscription.  
This large loom is 150-200 years old and presents a mystery: why was such valuable equipment abandoned in pieces at a stagecoach station?

We know that while some weavers kept shops, others traveled from farmstead to farmstead, setting up their looms to weave cloth from the thread each family had spun and dyed. Because it was not considered proper for females to travel alone, most traveling weavers were men. After finishing his work, a weaver received payment in bartered goods, dismantled his loom and moved on.

Perhaps this loom was deserted because the weaver died while traveling? We'll never know, but we're proud to have returned it to working order.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 35° 8.591′ N, 81° 20.167′ W. Marker is in Blacksburg, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from Camp Cherokee Road. Marker is located on the grounds of Kings Mountain State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blacksburg SC 29702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Artisan With Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); A Valuable Resource that Grows In Trees (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Sweet Homeplace (within shouting distance of this marker); That's So Sweet! (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Kings Mountain State Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dickey / Sherer Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kings Mountain Battleground (approx. 1.6 miles away); Two Parks, One Mountain (approx. 2.3 miles away); Kings Mountain Battlefield Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); God Save the King! (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Blacksburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. Loom. A loom is a device used to weave cloth. (Submitted on December 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Kings Mountain State Park. Kings Mountain State Park is a South Carolina state park located in the Piedmont region of South Carolina. (Submitted on December 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
A Looming Mystery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
2. A Looming Mystery Marker
A building like this, dedicated to cloth production, would not have existed on a farm. Instead, spinning and weaving would have been among the activities occurring at the homeplace.
A Looming Mystery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
3. A Looming Mystery Marker
Before it could be woven, fiber was twisted into thread at a spinning wheel. One of the earliest types was the large "walking wheel," which required the spinner to stand or walk while spinning. Smaller wheels, called "parlor wheels" since their size let them fit into a parlor,s pun various fibers, including wool and flax.
A Looming Mystery Marker<br>Weaverhouse/Blacksmith Shop image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
4. A Looming Mystery Marker
Weaverhouse/Blacksmith Shop
Weaverhouse Interior image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
5. Weaverhouse Interior
Weaverhouse Interior image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Scott, May 14, 2010
6. Weaverhouse Interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 27, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

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