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Nov. 28th, 2007 @ 08:21 pm Ghost Town of Newell SC
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Welcome to the ghost town of Newell SC. Located right outside of Pelzer SC, you won't find Newell on a map because it does not exist any more. The former town came to our attention when my mate and I noticed some old commercial buildings on the state highway. We talked to the owner of the house across the street and discovered the history of the land.

The original structure of the town was the smaller square building in the picture set below labeled "Post Office". The building was first used as a general store. Later the larger building was constructed, assuming the role of store. The smaller building was then used as a combination print shop and post office. The smallest building on the property was somehow used as a bicycle repair shop. The community of Newell has the distinction of being the first place that kerosene was sold in Anderson County. Afraid of the explosive nature of the new liquid, the grandfather of the current land owner stored the flammable material in the bike shop.

The land is owned by a senior gentleman who repairs bulldozers and antique military equipment. The garage on the property has many of his parts and pieces as do the antique junked vehicles behind the shop. I'll feature the vehicles in another blog entry.

The 183 pictures from Newell can be found in this Flickr picture set.




Click on picture to see more larger image

Family homestead build in 1870sGeneral StoreRear of General Store
Front of General StoreSide of General StoreFront steps of General Store
Right side of General Store and RearLeft Side of General Store and FrontLeft Side of General Store and Rear
Side of General StoreBike ShopBike Shop
Bike ShopBike ShopItems on Ground in front of Bike Shop
Items on Ground in front of Bike ShopRear of Bike ShopGarage
Windows of GarageLocation of old Homestead - in between the treesFormer Post Office - Front and Left Side
Post OfficePost OfficePost Office Right Side
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 28th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)

Newell SC

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I live near Pelzer but can yet find any info on newell,nor can i find it!Any help with this.

msingleton53@charter.net
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 10th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)

Re: Newell SC

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it is out side on piedmont on hwy 86 when heading away from piedmont go toward 81 on 86 just before reaching 81 yo will see the white home stead on the left and the buildings across the street good luck
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 16th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)

Re: Newell SC

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I've looked along 86 heading west from Piedmont toward 81 but still can't find it. There is a farmhouse back a little south of the intersection, but I can't see anything of the homestead nor the post office. Can you tell me how far from the intersection I should be looking? It's right on 86, right? I'm ftretta@msn.com. Thanks a lot.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:June 22nd, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)

location

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hi would like to to view this place and take some pics myself.can you give exact directions to this place from pelzer,thanks any info would be appreciated,greg.icecreaman889@yahho.com is my email
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 16th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)

Re: location

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Greg,
I too am looking for the old twon but it doesn't seem to be where described. Have you found it? If so, where? ftretta@msn.com
From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 7th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)

Re: location

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This is just down the road from Wren High School on highway 86.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:April 9th, 2010 04:21 am (UTC)

Newell, SC

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I looked for this place on Google Earth and found it. There's two reasons why you can't see the buildings easily. One is they're kind of in behind trees. The second is because as you approach the location, the road goes through a cut, putting you below where the buildings sit.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:February 4th, 2018 03:02 pm (UTC)

visit to Newell SC

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is it open to explore or do we need to ask permission from someone
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From:greensh
Date:February 4th, 2018 06:26 pm (UTC)

Re: visit to Newell SC

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It is private property. You will need permission!