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Weehaw Rice Mill Chimney, Georgetown County (off S.C. Sec. Rd. 325, Georgetown vicinity)
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The rice mill chimney is one of seven known extant rice mill chimneys in Georgetown County, and is also significant for its association with Weehaw, on the Black River, which was one of the earliest successful rice plantations in the area. Weehaw was one of the holdings of Francis Kinloch, who died in 1767. His son Cleland Kinloch took possession of Weehaw in 1784, and was one of the first rice planters in South Carolina to plant successfully by the tidal method and one of the first planters to build a pounding mill run by water power. It is not known whether this extant rice mill chimney served an early mill which was converted from water power to steam power. Kinloch also served as a delegate to the conventions which ratified the United States and South Carolina constitutions and in the South Carolina House of Representatives. The chimney is approximately 35’ high. It is 8” square at the base, which is 7’ 4” high above ground level. Six brick courses form the corbeling of the base. The chimney gradually tapers above the base to approximately 6’ square at the top. The original corbeling and a portion of the bricks at the top are missing. Two arched openings for the firebox are located at the southeast side and northeast side of the chimney, the northeast side being much smaller. Listed in the National Register October 3, 1988.
View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of the Georgetown County Rice Culture, ca. 1750-ca. 1910 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.
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