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

Vardry Mill

 

—Reedy River Historic Park —

 
Vardry Mill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ronald Miller, August 10, 2008
1. Vardry Mill Marker
Inscription.
In 1874 Vardy McBee's heirs leased and renovated an old grain mill on this property to Massachusetts natives O.H. Sampson and George Hall. First called Sampson, Hall & Co., by its founders, the textile mill consisted of two, three-story buildings each forty by twenty-eight-feet. Its stone foundations are clearly visible. The mill initially employed between fifty and sevety-five workers. Its 4,000 spindles spun cotton yarn for knitting and crocheting. It became Camperdown Number One when Sampson and Hall opened the Camperdown Mill on the north bank in 1876. In 1885, when Henry P. Hammett purchased the Camperdown Mill. O.H. Sampson transferred its machinery to a new mill outside the city limits which later became the American Spinning Company. In 1906 Camperdown Number One was sold to Luther McBee, re-equipped, and renamed the Vardry Mill.
 
Location. 34° 50.625′ N, 82° 24.012′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Furman College Way, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is on the trail through Falls Park. The path/trail construction leads the walker through bits and pieces of the old mill ruins that are all but concealed among the rock outcroppings in the area. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America.
 
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Vardry Mill Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By Ronald Miller, August 10, 2008
2. Vardry Mill Marker Location
At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Reedy River Falls (a few steps from this marker); Old Mill Ruins (a few steps from this marker); The Cherokees (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Furman University (within shouting distance of this marker); River Lodge (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Bridge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Furman University (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Furman University (about 400 feet away); Cradle of Greenville (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Additional keywords. Greenville,Industry,Textile
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Vardry Mill Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Ronald Miller, August 11, 2008
3. Vardry Mill Ruins
Vardry Mill Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
4. Vardry Mill Ruins
Vardry Mill Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, December 7, 2008
5. Vardry Mill Ruins
Reedy River Falls and Vardry Mill image. Click for full size.
Coxe Collection, Greenville County Historical Society, circa 1915
6. Reedy River Falls and Vardry Mill
The two buildings to the far left were build by Vardry McBee.
Tool marks on boulder in the riverbed. image. Click for full size.
By Ronald Miller, August 10, 2008
7. Tool marks on boulder in the riverbed.
Riverbed above the mill ruins. image. Click for full size.
By Ronald Miller, August 10, 2008
8. Riverbed above the mill ruins.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2008, by Ronald Miller of Gray Court, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,252 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 11, 2008, by Ronald Miller of Gray Court, South Carolina.   4, 5. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   6. submitted on April 15, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on August 11, 2008, by Ronald Miller of Gray Court, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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