Ballenger Mill and Covered Bridge

Landrum, SC

Ballenger’s Mill was originally built by Lewis H Dickey (the areas largest landowner) in the 1820’s and has since been restored to todays condition. For years after the Civil War it was named “L. Green’s Mill” but was renamed in the 1860’s after it was purchased by J.L. Ballenger. The grounds are privately owned and currently host weddings and gatherings of all sizes.

Also on the grounds is Ballenger’s Covered Bridge. I’m unsure of when the bridge was built- it’s just labeled as a bridge of the 20th century. It crosses the south prong of the Middle Tyger River. The area of the river directly before the bridge is a county road that still fords the river (you can see where the road emerges from the river on the right side of the bridge) just as settlers in the area did in the mid-18th century.

More information about Ballenger Mill can be found at the Willow Creek Conservatory website.