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Property Name Conestee Mill
Reference Number 09000913
State South Carolina
County Greenville
Town Conestee
Street Address 1 Spanco Drive
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 3/2/2014
Areas of Significance Industry
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The Conestee Mill is a large mill complex located along the Reedy River in the mill village of Conestee, approximately eight miles south of the city of Greenville, in Greenville County, South Carolina. The historic resources in this complex are Conestee Mill, built by 1876, with significant additions in 1884, and by 1893, 1898, 1902, 1920, and the 1950s; the Company Store/Mill Office/Post Office, built in 1919; and Conestee Dam and Spillway and Conestee Lake, created and built prior to 1876 and enhanced in 1892. The Conestee Mill, originally known as the Reedy River Manufacturing Company, is the second textile mill on this property (the first, known as McBee's Factory or the Reedy River Factory, was built here in the 1830s), and is significant for its contribution to textile production in the South Carolina Piedmont from the late nineteenth century through the mid-twentieth century. Through its operation, Conestee Mill provided important local employment, supported a large mill village (including the introduction of electricity and other modernizations). This complex of two buildings and two structures is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the local level of significance under Criterion A and the Area of Significance for Industry, for its association with the textile industry in South Carolina during its most successful period of expansion and production, ca. 1880-1920, and then on a more limited basis from 1920 through ca. 1960. It also illustrates the growth and development of this mill in particular, and the textile industry in general, as reflected in additions and alterations between 1884 and ca. 1960.


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