Upcountry History Museum volunteer, Charles Blakely, shares his experience working in a textile mill. Blakely, who worked in a mill in Laurens, S.C. for one summer, says working in a textile mill was some of the hardest work he has ever had to do. The textile industry in the Upcountry of South Carolina was made possible by the abundant amount of flowing water sources in and around the area. Textiles were the dominant industry in the state for nearly 100 years.
Video produced by Sarah Pritchard, 2019 ETV Endowment Intern (Digital Media/Knowitall)