Image of the Founder’s Found – Fort Mill, S.C.
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McGowan-Barksdale-Bundy House (“The General’s House”) (Brian Scott)
Image of the expansive Due West Cotton Oil Mill complex and the Due West Depot. Image courtesy of James Gettys – 2015
Signature front balcony of the local Due West builder. Image taken in 2015 by R&R
Image taken in 2015 by R&R
Image taken in 2014: In 2012 this home is owned by Mrs. Beck Eleazer and was owned for many years by Professor James Bonner and his wife, Mary. The second story was added by Captain A. W. Clarkson around 1871 and when he returned to Due West in 1885 Samuel Agnew found it strange that the Miller house had “grown to a two storied building.” Agnew Diary, September 24, 1885 (Taken from Ware, 132. Notes from the Progress of Improvements in Our District – Gettys, 2018)
Image taken in 2014
THE NAME OF DUE WEST: The Cherokee Indians inhabited the region around the present Due West, but so far as is known there was never an Indian village anywhere near die present town. The white man began to settle on land in this area in the 1750’s. The Cherokees resented this encroachment and a terrible war broke out between the races in 1759. After two years of warfare the whites were able to defeat the Indians with the help of a goodly number of British soldiers. The treaty of peace marking an end to hostilities established restraining lines above which the white man was forbidden to settle. These lines were surveyed from a point on the Reedy River, north to the North Carolina boundary and west to the Savannah river. They are roughly the present boundaries between Spartanburg and Greenville counties and Anderson and Abbeville counties. This treaty had the effect of reserving for the Cherokees the land now contained in the counties of Anderson, Oconee, Pickens and Greenville. This northwest comer of South Carolina became known as the Indian Land. Years before these events took place a definite route had been followed by the white traders from Charleston to Keowee, the capital town of the lower Cherokee Indians. This route became known as the Keowee Path, and it was the chief interior trade route of colonial South Carolina. A man by the name of De Witt (pronounced Du ett or Du Wet) settled on this path at the place where the Indian boundary crossed it. This spot became known to the traders as De Witt’s Comer—the comer of the white and Indian land. It evidently became an important landmark and stopping place in the days just prior to the out-break of the Revolutionary war. It was during this war that the whites drove the Cherokees from South Carolina, and at De Witt’s Comer in 1777 a treaty was made in which the Indians agreed to surrender their remaining lands in the state. The exact site of DeWitt’s Comer would be hard to locate today, but it must have been a little south and west of the present Honea Path where there is still a Comer Creek.
During the years following the Revolution the name changed to Due West Comer. The exact reason for such change has never been definitely shown. Some have tried to explain it by saying that the neighborhood expanded due west of the original site, or that the old Keowee Path made a due west turn in the vicinity. The best explanation appears to be that the name is just a corruption of the original name, based on the pronunciation which was Du Wet or Du ett. We know that the places (De Witt and Due West) are the same for records dating from the 1820’s use the names interchangeably. During the 1830’s the “Comer” was gradually dropped, and, except for an attempt to change the name of the place to Selma, it has remained Due West for over a century. The name has also referred to this particular locality since the 1830’s. J.M. Lesesne (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
Image taken in 2014
Image courtesy of photographer, Bill Segars – 2005
Image courtesy of photographer, Bill Segars – 2006.