This historic mill was built by 1884 and expanded in the coming decades along with additional structures built. It was the second mill here after the first one was built in the 1830s; the new mill incorporated parts of the original mill. The Conestee Mill was important in that it continued to provide the textile jobs that were important to the local economy. Interestingly, the dam itself provided electricity to the village of Conestee, which grew around the mills, before Greenville. Conestee Mill was named after the Cherokee word for "running waters". The former textile mill as well as the dam and parts of Lake Conestee Nature Park were added to the National Register in 2014.
Backstory and Context
The mill continued operations throughout the mid-twentieth century and did not cease until the early 1970s. The mill went into foreclosure and was purchased shortly after by Hyman Brand in 1978, which sat empty until then. Brand now stores rugs in the mill. This is the only Environmental Protection Agency superfund site listed on South Carolina National Register.