Near Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Dunean Mill, chartered in 1911 and opened in 1912, was one of several textile mills owned by Capt. Ellison Adger Smyth (1847-1942), a national leader in the industry for more than 60 years. Dunean was named for the Irish village where Smyth's Adger ancestors lived. The mill, called "the Million Dollar Mill" while it was being built by J. E. Sirrine & Company, was an all electric mill with 50,000 spindles and 1,200 looms when it opened, making fine cotton goods. The light gray brick and black mortar of this mill gives it a distinctive look unlike almost any other textile mill of its era. The Dunean Mill village included 585 houses, an elementary school, three churches, a company store, a community building, a gymnasium, and a baseball field. Its Y.M.C.A. was the first in any mill village in S.C. In 1935 the mill switched to rayon and other synthetic fibers. It was for many years a division of J. P. Stevens & Company.
Erected 2012 by Dunean Historical Society. (Marker Number 23-52.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1911.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sterling High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Working Benevolent Society Hospital (approx. one mile away); Wilkins House (approx. one mile away); City Hospital / Greenville General Hospital (approx. 1.1 miles away); a different marker also named Sterling High School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Berlin Wall Concrete Pipe (approx. 1.3 miles away); Claussen’s Bakery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Greenville High School (approx. 1.3 miles away); Allen Temple AME Church Bell (approx. 1.3 miles away); "Shoeless Joe" Jackson House (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
More about this marker. Marker placed during the 4th annual Dunean Historical Society World War II Memorial garden celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Dunean Mill and village.
Also see . . . Ellison Adger Smyth. (Submitted on May 26, 2012, by Chispa Latham of Greenville, South Carolina.)
Additional keywords. textiles, communities
Credits. This page was last revised on October 25, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2012, by Chispa Latham of Greenville, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,053 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 26, 2012, by Chispa Latham of Greenville, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.