Woodside Cotton Mill Village Historic District

Woodside Ave. and E. Main St., Woodside, South Carolina



Photo taken by Michael Miller in December 2018




The Woodside Cotton Mill Village Historic District has industrial and architectural significance as a good example of an early twentieth century urban South Carolina textile mill village. Centered around a mill founded by John T. Woodside in 1902, the district includes 375 buildings and sites (280 contributing and 95 non-contributing) just west of the city limits of Greenville. The village is largely intact over eighty years later despite modernizations made to individual buildings by a succession of mill and home owners. The spatial integrity of the village has been maintained. Mill and community exist in the same relationship as it has for more than eighty years - the massive cotton mill rises above a village of modest cottages built for the mill workers. Transportation arteries have also survived without major change. A historic garden/greenway provides an additional pleasing visual element. The mill is a rectangular plan, brick, four-story textile mill designed by J.E. Sirrine and built between 1902 and 1912. In addition to the cotton mill, the village contains 343 surviving mill houses, one cotton waste house, on mill office building, one recreation building, two churches, one baseball park, and one pasture/common garden area. The village is divided into four parts by man-made and natural features. Woodside Avenue, a broad, oak-lined street, forms the village’s central boulevard. The mill, the village churches, and some supervisory housing front along the avenue. The curving side streets in the village are lined with neat rows of mill houses and are also lined with large oaks. Listed in the National Register April 30, 1987. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1987
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Manufacturing facility
Current functions
Single dwelling; Manufacturing facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 278
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 95

Update Log 

  • December 5, 2018: New photos from Michael Miller
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View", Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Imported Photo
  • September 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller