Five child mill workers standing in the Lancaster Cotton Mill.

Spinners and doffers, Lancaster Cotton Mills, Lancaster, SC. Image courtesy of Library of Congress.

Industry came to South Carolina as entire families worked in the textile mills and factories in the Upstate.

Mill Life

Child Labor in the Mills

1886 Charleston Earthquake

The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 occurred at 9:50 p.m. on August 31, 1886, and lasted just under a minute. The earthquake damaged 2,000 buildings, causing $6 million worth in damages. Between 60 and 110 lives were lost.

A Changing State

Photographs and Video from Around the State

South Carolina Railroad Museum

The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro, SC preserves historical railroad equipment used in South Carolina. Here are three railroad cars that were used in the state to move people and goods.