Kincaid-Anderson Quarry — Jenkinsville, South Carolina
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Please note that this quarry is privately owned and not open to the public. Not only can you be prosecuted if you are caught trespassing, but the quarry is dangerous. Rocks hide below the surface of the water, and if you fell – or jumped – you could be badly hurt.
Though images of the Kincaid-Anderson Quarry, located in Winnsboro, present a peaceful scene, this was once the site of Fairfield County‘s busiest industry. The blue granite mine, which closed in 1986, exported stone to cities all along the East Coast. Blue granite was named South Carolina’s State Stone in 1969.
Most of the images on this page were taken by Pelham Lyles and her friend Laura Smith. Pelham is the Director of the Fairfield County Historical Museum, and we extend her our deepest gratitude for allowing us to share these tranquil views.
Pelham extends this important warning: “Young people have been prosecuted for jumping on this private property. One young man hit his head on a projection and there are granite ledges under the black water that are not visible. Also, there are fresh water jellyfish in the quarry.”
A crane, once used to lift large pieces of granite from the mine, now rests idly against the surface of the stone. The trees have grown over its base, and the rusty surface causes it to blend into its natural surroundings.
Ground was broken on the Kincaid-Anderson home 1775, but the house was not completed until much later. The Anderson family – direct descendants of the Kincaids – occupied the home until around 1900. As noted in the National Register, “The house was built on land granted by King George III which contained the famous ten-acre rock that later became the Anderson quarry.”
The quarry’s walls are reflected on the surface of the water. Trees now grow from the pool which formed once the mine ceased operating.
This enormous pulley, roughly the size of a Frisbee in circumference, is mounted near the highest point in the mine. Its still holds the steel cable once used to hoist massive stones from the rock bed beneath. The edge of the rock disappears into a pool of water, which has collected in the years since the quarry’s closing.
Ryan Graczyk, who shared the below photos, says, “This is the side of the Kincaid-Anderson Quarry that people generally swim in. On the right, you can see two landings at different levels. People often jump off of these landings, which appear to be somewhere between 40 to 80 feet off of the surface of the water. Notice the graffiti covering the walls as well as the trees, grass, and bushes that have begun growing on the rock walls.”
Kincaid-Anderson Quarry Info
Address: Anderson Quarry Road, Jenkinsville, SC 29065
GPS Coordinates: 34.326580,-81.235519
Kincaid-Anderson Quarry Map