Gilreath's Mill - Greer, SC
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N 34° 58.387 W 082° 16.700
17S E 383308 N 3870808
Also known as Heller's Mill, Bruce's Mill and Taylor's Mill located near Greer, SC.
Waymark Code: WM47EV
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 07/18/2008
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
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Gilreath Mill was a rural grist mill that served the area for 138 years before being shut down. Is it listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Built in 1812 (in 2008 this is 196 years ago), it was originally constructed as a corn mill. Back then a farmer paid for the milling of his grain by a toll to the miller. The rate varied, but the miller generally received one bushel of corn for every 8 bushels processed.

There are still a lot of the basic elements present that a grist mill required: a Pond, a Dam, the Raceway(this one was both earthen and wooden(rotted away), the Water Wheel and somn of the gears and mechanisms that transform water power into mechanical energy. Of course, much of this is now in unusable condition.

The original Dam was located 750 feet up stream from the mill and was 12 feet high. It was made of wooden planks braced by timbers. The mill pond covered about 2 acres. The water was diverted through an earthen raceway to a point where it entered a wooden raceway about 80 feet long which carried water to the top of the Water Wheel.

NOTE the Water Wheel when you visit. Most people do not realize that the wheel has a toothed gear ring along its edge(look for the “teeth” on the outside edge of the wheel). This is what turned a shaft that ran from the wheel into the mill itself to turn the mill stones. The water wheel is 24 feet in diameter and 3 feet wide!

Note also you can see the foundation of a Sawmill just down from the wheel, which was powered by the water wheel as well.

-Info from geocache listing GC19C9Z
Current Status: Ruin

Current Use: Now being used as a make-shift store for flea market items

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