Eutawville to Ferguson Landing, SC

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Ferguson Landing was an old sawmill site that Francis Beidler and Ferguson had. The town of Ferguson is now under the water of Lake Marion, which was flooded back in the 40s I believe. From what I know, they used to rail the lumber from the mill to Cross, SC. Maybe this line tied in with another that took it to Cross.

Charleston, SC

Francis Beidler and Ben Ferguson were partners in Santee River Cypress Lumber Company and built a lumber mill and town very near the "Ferguson Landing" where steamboat service was available. The Charleston, Sumter & Northern built a line from Pregnall on the South Carolina RR up to Eutawville, then west to Vance and over the Santee River to Sumter and eventually to a connection to Hamlet, NC. SAL was interested in the line, but ACL bought it and broke it into many pieces which went to small partner lines. CS&N built the line to Ferguson, the lumber mill town.

When the CS&N was crushed, the mill resorted to shipping lumber to Cross on its own track and then over the Berkeley Railroad to Mouncks Corner, SC and the ACL North Eastern line.

ACL out of Elloree restored service to Ferguson and this continued until the mill shut down in 1915. The line was used to move lumber and equipment when the buildings were taken down.

Holly Hill Lumber may have used the right of way to move timber from the Lake Marion bottomland when it was cleared in 1939 and 1940 when Santee Cooper built the two dams on the Santee.

Any one with photos of the historic locatin should contackt me.

Tom Fetters
Lombard, IL

"Apparently built between 1885 and 1888, the railroad stopped at Connors depot three times a day to pick up lumber, bricks, mail, and passengers.

From the New York Times, dated September 15, 1888:

CHARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 14.--At Varnes today one pier of the Eutawville Railroad bridge over the Santee River gave way, precipitating several loaded cars and a number of employes into the river. Five men are still missing but as some of the others escaped after floating five miles down stream on timbers it is hoped all will be rescued.

Appointing himself engineer on June 20, 1885, William Harley gave a right-of-way through his property to the Eutawville Railroad Company for the purpose of building a railroad."

Jeffrey Kraemer
Easley, SC