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Near Fort Lawn in Chester County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Guardlock

 
 
The Guardlock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 21, 2008
1. The Guardlock Marker
Inscription. During the Nineteenth Century the rivers of South Carolina Piedmont were notorious for flooding. This lock was used to safely lower boats into the canal when high river levels threatened to damage the banks and structures. During periods of normal water levels the gates were often left open. The fine stone work seen here and along the rest of the canal was constructed by Irish masons under the direction of master contractor Robert Leckie of Scotland.
 
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 47.46′ N, 80° 52.8′ W. Marker is near Fort Lawn, South Carolina, in Chester County. Marker can be reached from Park Drive near Landsford Road (South Carolina Highway 843), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Canal Trail of Landsford Canal State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lawn SC 29714, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Dam (here, next to this marker); Landsford Canal State Park Trails (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Landsford Canal State Park (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Nest with a Bird's-Eye View
The Guardlock Marker Illustration image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 21, 2008
2. The Guardlock Marker Illustration
(about 700 feet away); Landsford Canal (approx. 0.2 miles away); Footbridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Culvert (approx. mile away); The Canal Bed (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lawn.
 
Also see . . .  South Carolina Department of Archives and History. (Submitted on November 22, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
The Guardlock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 21, 2008
3. The Guardlock
The Guardlock image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, November 21, 2008
4. The Guardlock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 698 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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