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Hancock-Tyser Falls

Page history last edited by Mark Chilton 15 years, 2 months ago

Upstream: Cheek Mill


40-8 Hancock-Tyser Falls


Downstream: Glenn Falls



Hadley (1980) says that in 1848, when the [Cape Fear and Deep River Navigation Co.] began its effort to improve navigation, Hancock’s Mill was to be the terminus. At that time the dam was 12 feet high and backed water up for five miles (Thompson 1848). By 1870, this mill was known as Harris Tyser’s Mill (Ramsey 1870; 1880 Census; Swin 1880). Just to the north was the Womble soapstone quarry. Swain (1880) said that the dam stood 10 feet high, powering a grist and saw mill. Harris Tysor also owned the mill at Egypt at one time.


The 1859 Report of the Secretary of the Navy on the Deep River Region mentions that Hancock's Mill was just above the mouth of Womble Creek.


Sometime after the destruction of the Hancock-Tyser Mill, a new merchant flour mill and sawmill was established about 1/2 mile downstream by Dr. R. W. Glenn, flooding the Hancock-Tyser Falls (Swain 1899). Dr. Glenn built a bridge at this site as well in 1882 or 1883, which must have been about the same time that the mill was built (Glenn v. Moore Co., 52 S.E. 58, 1905).


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