Akins Brothers Begin Business in Spartansburg

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This is a mill similar to what Akins might have built.
This is a mill similar to what Akins might have built.

In the 1830’s The Akins brothers, Andrew and Aaron, opened a Saw Mill and a Grist Mill on the East and West Side of Oil Creek.   The Grist mill was on the site of the current Platt’s Mill.

In 1837, Andrew Akin opened a General Store in Spartansburg.  He employed Eli Catlin as a clerk.  Catlin also purchased, surveyed and laid out the plan for the village.