• 1820’s Saw Mills (1/1/1820) - In the 1820's William Sterling and Akins started the first lumber businesses in Sparta Township.  The mills were on tract…
  • Akins Brothers Begin Business in Spartansburg (7/9/1831) - This is a mill similar to what Akins might have built. In the 1830's The Akins brothers, Andrew and Aaron,…
  • Platt’s (Akins, Jude, Eldred and Thompson, Davis and Hyde, Platt & Steadman) Mill (1/10/1832) - Platt's Mill on Mill Street beside the dam is the longest operating business site in Spartansburg.  It was the original…
  • The Tauber Woolen Mill (Previously Lamb) (8/9/1837) - Woolen manufacturing was among the earliest and longest lasting businesses in Spartansburg.  As early as 1837, nearly 20 years before…
  • Early Hardware Stores (Alsdorf / Burt / Thompson / Hilliker) (3/3/1855) - Hardware stores have served an important role in all small communities by providing those items that could not easily be…
  • Blacksmith Shops (8/25/1860) - At one time, Spartansburg hosted 4 blacksmith shops in the village.  Luther and George Day, Charles Thompson, John McDannel, Charles…
  • Tyler Tannery to Western Union Tannery (4/11/1869) - On the south side of Main Street, east of Oil Creek, John Willard Williams, then burgess of Spartansburg, built a…
  • The Edwards Family (3/9/1873) - The Edwards Family came to the United States from Forfar, Scotland to Corry around 1871 and moved to Spartansburg about…
  • Gustav Schmelzer Shoes and Boots (2/3/1890) - With thanks to Gustav's Great Grandson, Robert for sharing information and photos of Gustav and some of his tools and…
  • The Taubers (11/19/1895) - The Tauber family held a prominent place in the Spartansburg community.  As owners and managers of the Tauber Woolen Mill,…
  • The Edwards Woolen Mill (8/9/1896) - The Edwards Brothers (James and WIlliam), with the help of the town, constructed and operated a woolen mill.  Two acres…
  • Evert Frost-Watches and Jewelry (5/8/1900) - In the late 1890s and early 1900s, Everett (Evert) Frost and wife, Edna, lived in Spartansburg where he owned a…
  • OSMO Tannery (1933-1989) (1/15/1931) - As a part of his duties at the Tauber Woolen Mill, Walter Pfeiffer traveled and visited many businesses that were…

Lumber and Grist Mills were among the first industries that came to Spartansburg-before it was Spartansburg- early on, we were Akinsville-after some of the first settlers. But we didn’t stop there…Woolen Mills, Chair Factories, Tanneries, Blacksmiths- the list of tradesmen who shared their skills in our community is long, and some of those trades can still be found here-still serving the area, 100+ years later.