The view of the creek, the dam
and the rocks seen on the webcam looks
peaceful and quiet. You might think that it had always
looked this way
but you would be very wrong. If you could have been
here, looking at
this beautiful view and the area surrounding it, you
could have seen
some astonishing sights. When this area was a howling
the South Carolina Upstate still had a sizeable Indian
population, an Ironworks was
built upstream not far from
the dam. Native Americans had
been using the
resources of the Lawson’s
for thousands of years before the white Europeans came
to build their
Ironworks. They were using the fish and other animals
of the river.
Closeby, there were soapstone
deposits that the Indians used to make many
useful objects such as
bowls and water containers.
When the Europeans came to settle in the Upstate and
build their Ironworks,
they generally gave little regard
to the fact that they were taking land that already was
the Indian tribes. Finally, just before the Revolutionary
the Cherokees struck back at the settlers. Entire white
killed within 25 miles of what is now Glendale.
A secure house, called Wofford’s
in the vicinity of the Ironworks.
This allowed the settlers to group together and find
refuge from the
warring Cherokees. Some families had to stay there for
During this time, groups of South Carolina militia men
passed through Wofford’s
Fort on the way to and from
fighting the Cherokees and burning their villages and
crops. It is hard
to imagine in today’s peaceful scene seeing a large
group of rough,
armed men passing by to kill Cherokees.
A little later, men shot and killed each other during
the Revolutionary War
around the Ironworks.
of their graves still exist along the Creek.
The British officer, Col. Patrick Ferguson, marched his
Tory army back
and forth across Lawson’s
Fork Creek not
long before he and many of his army were killed at Kings
Mountain. The Ironworks
was an important place
during the Revolution.
Just before the Battle
Cowpens, you could have seen Col. William
Washington and his
cavalry come to the Ironworks to have new horseshoes put
Some years after the end of the Ironworks,
came to this area to find
mine gold. Almost certainly men climbed over the
rocks you are
looking at trying to find gold dust in the cracks and
the water had deposited it. There were
mines in the vicinity. “Gold Mine Road” that runs
Bethesda, is a reminder of that time. This was
many years before
the California gold rush.
Not long after the gold
mines, another wave of technical change came to
Starting with Bivingsville,
textile industry came to stay for about 150 years.
During some of that
time, supplies were made at the shoals for the use of
army. People came from near and far to find jobs at what
was to become
Glendale Mills. Glendale
Mills was a
thriving and bustling industrial site for well over a
Almost two hundred years after the Iron Works and Wofford’s Fort, the Shoals
visited by men passing through on the way to fight a
war. This time it
was men from nearby Camp Croft
during World War II.
Some men from there visited the
Shoals for a brief period of relaxation before going
overseas to fight
in Europe. Some of these men never lived to return to
States. One such man was Sgt.
Emerson. He had his photo taken on the rocks just
below the dam in
1941. Sgt. Emerson was
killed in France in
August, 1944. If the Glendale Shoals webcam had existed
when Sgt. Emerson posed for
his photo he would have
been clearly visible to its viewers.
Today, the sense of inactivity at the Shoals is
misleading. There have
been such periods before followed by episodes of
development and the
use of technology that earlier residents of the Shoals
could not have
dreamed of. The full story of the Shoals is yet to be
One example of a new technology that would be amazing
to earlier Glendale residents
is the use of small drones to take aerial videos. See
some of these videos showing unusual views of Lawson's Fork Creek and
the area around the old mill site at Videos.
This web site has been started as a
public service to share the story of Glendale. The web
person to contact about putting information on the web
site is Mary
McKinney Teaster. Contact her at:
or by telephone at (843) 873-8117. See
more information about Mary and her Glendale connection at
Mary McKinney Teaster.