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Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Greenville Co. | South Carolina | USA | c. 1820's
Township: O'Neal Twp. | Watersource: Middle Tyger River.



Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

Ballenger Mill was built c. 1820's by Lewis H. Dickey.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

The mill was fed by the south prong of the Middle Tyger River. The 2oth century, stringer, covered bridge on the property crosses over the same stream.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

The miller's house, which is today the mail house of Willow Creek Conservatory.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T., Kinsey 10/22/2010

The conservatory is 40 some acres of nature comlimented by man's artistic architecture and design.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

The whole place is an natural environment offering one of the finest wedding venues in South Carolina.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. KInsey 10/22/2010

Ballenger Covered Bridge. A 2oth century covered bridge, non authentic of stringer type construction, sometimes used for hay storage.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

An old one-room schoolhouse converted into a wedding chapel.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

Dickey was one of the area's largest landowners at that time.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

The mill was known for many years' after the Civil War, as L. Green's Mill.

Ballenger Mill / Willow Creek Conservatory
Picture: Robert T. Kinsey 10/22/2010

The named was changed, once again, in 1960, when it was purchased and restored by J.L. Ballenger. GPS: 35' 06.11N, 82' 19.27W Elevation 1040'

I will love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death. "My Jesus, I Love Thee" by William R. Featherstone 1842-1878
(From the Nazarene hymnal - Sing to the Lord)
Directions: Located on Ballinger Mill Road about 0.5 miles north of SR 414. Turn left on Glassy Rd/Cr 44, then left on Old Ballenger Mill Road to thew mill. The mill is about 3 miles northeast of the town of Tigerville.
 
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