Woodward Mill — Ruby, South Carolina
SC Picture Project | Chesterfield County | Woodward Mill
This old mill once ground corn, and the water beneath it served as a swimming hole for locals. The mill rests on private property in Chesterfield County.
James Jenkins not only contributed this photo to the South Carolina Picture Project, he also included some interesting history about this structure: “For as long as I can remember, and I am 77, this site has been referred to as Woodward Mill. As far back as I can recall, the Claude Oliver family operated the mill. Mr. Oliver was one of the first people I recall in Chesterfield County who had an airplane. He also dug wells, or ‘put in’ wells with a contraption that he constructed, which drove a pointed rod into the ground by dropping a weight on the rod.
“When I was a young teenager, we carried corn to the mill and swam and fished while waiting for the corn to be ground. It was always a treat to visit the mill. The property is still owned by Mike Oliver, Mr. Claude’s son. It is posted for safety’s sake meaning that [permission is needed before accessing the property]. These photos were taken from the bridge below the spillway. I love to take these old structures that are rapidly fading from the scene.”
Woodward Mill Info
Address: Woodward Mill Road, Ruby, SC 29741
GPS Coordinates: 34.687844,-80.234268
Woodward Mill Map