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Iva in Anderson County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Iva

A Small Railroad Town

 
 
Iva Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
1. Iva Marker
Inscription.
A "Great" Town
In 1886, the Savannah Valley railroad made its way into lower Anderson County. The depot town of Cook's Station was named for Dr. Augustus G. Cook, a local physician and businessman. The town was later called Iva in honor of Iva Cook Bryson, Dr. Cook's daughter. The settlement consisted of little more than a store, a grain mill or cotton gin, blacksmith shops, and a cottonseed oil mill. With the arrival of the railroad, the community went from a farming settlement, to a railroad community, and later became an industrial mill community when Jackson Mill was founded in 1906.

In 1985, the Town of Iva officially became a "Great Town" in South Carolina marking the beginning of the restoration of Iva. Outdoor recreational activities are numerous given its proximity to Hartwell, Russell, Secession, and Thurmond Lakes. Located only miles from downtown Iva is the Thomason-Bowie Outdoor Educational Farm that is open to the public.

Jackson Mill
Jackson Mill, once considered one of the strongest cotton mills in the South, was built by Thomas C. Jackson. At its peak, the mill boasted approximately 1500 workers and was the largest employer in this part of the county. Although the mill closed in the 1990s, the building remains standing and evidence of the mill village can still be found
Iva Marker<br>A "Great" Town image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
2. Iva Marker
A "Great" Town
today.

Belton
The town of Belton was chartered in 1855 as a "child of the railroad." Today the revitalized town square invites shoppers and is also known as the "Tennis Capital of South Carolina," host of the annual Palmetto Championship.

Honea Path
Much like Iva, Honea Path began as an agricultural community and later became a railroad town. Most prominent on the town's landscape is the Chiquola Mill and nearby mill village.

Split Creek Dairy Goat Farm
Located on a few miles from Iva is the Split Creek Dairy Goat Farm. In addition to its world famous and award winning cheeses and fudge, the farm offers goat milk, goat milk soap, and art produced by one of the owners.
 
Erected 2010 by South Carolina National Heritage Corridor.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina Heritage Corridor marker series.
 
Location. 34° 18.367′ N, 82° 39.8′ W. Marker is in Iva, South Carolina, in Anderson County. Marker is at the intersection of East Front Street and East Broad Street, on the left when traveling south on East Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Iva SC 29655, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured
Iva Marker<br>Jackson Mill image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
3. Iva Marker
Jackson Mill
Jackson Mill and Pond Between Lawton Street and S.C. Highway 81 South
as the crow flies. 1965 (within shouting distance of this marker); Iva Veterans Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Iva Depot Mural (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Good Hope Church (approx. mile away); Good Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Good Hope Presbyterian Church (approx. 2 miles away); Generostee A.R.P. Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Moffettsville / Moffettsville Postmaster Appointments (approx. 2.9 miles away); Lowndesville Veterans Monument (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dean / Dean's Station (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iva.
 
Also see . . .
1. Town of Iva. Iva, SC is located in the southern part of Anderson County and is populated by friendly folks who are proud of their rural heritage and progressive town. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Iva, South Carolina. Iva is a town in Anderson County, South Carolina, United States. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Savannah and Northwestern Railway. The Savannah and Northwestern Railway was a railroad in the U.S. state of Georgia. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Savannah Valley Railroad Trail.
Iva Marker<br>Belton image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
4. Iva Marker
Belton
Belton Depot c. 1900
In the late 1800's the Savannah Valley Railroad connected travelers and goods to Anderson and Charleston. (Submitted on June 29, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
Iva Marker<br>Honea Path image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
5. Iva Marker
Honea Path
Railroad Depot Located in Honea Path
Iva Marker<br>Split Creek Dairy Goat Farm image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
6. Iva Marker
Split Creek Dairy Goat Farm
Dairy Goats Relax at Split Creek Dairy Goat Farm
Iva Marker<br>Mrs Iva Cook Bryson<br>for Whom the Town was Named image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
7. Iva Marker
Mrs Iva Cook Bryson
for Whom the Town was Named
The town of Iva was named for Iva Cook (January 30, 1867-March 30, 1946) by Dr. Augustus Cook, her father. Her mother was Mary Clinkscales. Miss Cook married David Bryson in 1917, and they lived in the Cook home until her death. She was the author of Woman's Work in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Considered to be a rare book, it is now kept in the vault of the Erskine College Library in Due west, South Carolina. (Source: Around Iva South Carolina by Reviva (1999), pg 10.)
Iva Marker<br>Union Depot c. 1900</center> image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
8. Iva Marker
Union Depot c. 1900
Iva Marker<br>Mill Village Housing Early 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
9. Iva Marker
Mill Village Housing Early 1900s
Iva Marker<br>Starr Gin c. 1900 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
10. Iva Marker
Starr Gin c. 1900
Iva Marker<br>View of Jackson Mill Village Early 1900s image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
11. Iva Marker
View of Jackson Mill Village Early 1900s
Iva Marker<br>Looking Southeast Along East Broad Street image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
12. Iva Marker
Looking Southeast Along East Broad Street
Iva Marker<br>Looking Southwest Along East Front Street image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
13. Iva Marker
Looking Southwest Along East Front Street
"Reviva" Visitor's Center<br>East Broad Street Facade image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
14. "Reviva" Visitor's Center
East Broad Street Facade
Iva Marker<br>"Reviva" Welcome Center image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
15. Iva Marker
"Reviva" Welcome Center
Thelma Kirkpatrick Gray Fountain<br>Plaque Reads image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
16. Thelma Kirkpatrick Gray Fountain
Plaque Reads
In Memory of
Thelma
Kirkpatrick Gray

for Her Dedication
To Our Community
Thelma Kirkpatrick Gray Fountain image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
17. Thelma Kirkpatrick Gray Fountain
Iva Depot<br>Converted into Open Air Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
18. Iva Depot
Converted into Open Air Community Marker
Iva Depot<br>Interior Looking Southwest image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
19. Iva Depot
Interior Looking Southwest
Iva Pavilion image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
20. Iva Pavilion
Iva Drug Company<br>Former Building image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
21. Iva Drug Company
Former Building
Jackson Mill<br>Looking South Along S.C. 81 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
22. Jackson Mill
Looking South Along S.C. 81
Abandoned Jackson Mill image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
23. Abandoned Jackson Mill
Faded "No Smoking" Sign at Jackson Mill image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
24. Faded "No Smoking" Sign at Jackson Mill
Jackson Mill Water Tower image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
25. Jackson Mill Water Tower
Jackson Mill Turnstile image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
26. Jackson Mill Turnstile
Jackson Mill Overlooking the Town image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
27. Jackson Mill Overlooking the Town
East Front Street<br>Looking South image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
28. East Front Street
Looking South
Welcome to Iva image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, May 2, 2011
29. Welcome to Iva
 
 
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