Beautiful RARE certificate from the West Point Mill Company
issued in 1880. This historic document was printed by Joseph Walker Printing Company and has an
ornate border around it with a vignette of the company's original mill. This item has the signatures of the Company's President and Secretary and is over 127 years old. Shows signed of wear on folds.
In 1893. the West Point Mill Co., of Charleston, South
Carolina, operated the largest rice mill in the United
States. The plant covered about sixteen acres of land,
and the annual output was about three hundred thousand
barrels of rice and rice flour. The rice has to be
pounded to break off the paddy, and brushed by rotary
brushes and other machines to clean off the dust and
separate the grains.
The West Point Rice Mill was the largest antebellum rice mill in South Carolina. The West Point Rice Mill was built on the Ashley River (at the west end of Calhoune Street) in Charleston in 1839 by Jonathan Lucas, III (d. 1853). The main factory was housed in a four-story brick building. The mill complex had workers' quarters, a cooperage, wharves, a rough rice storehouse, a carpenter's shop, a small flour mill, and a blacksmith shop.
History from GEOGRAPHICAL SPICE. A MANUAL FOR THE USE OF TEACHERS - 1893.