A Brief History
Richard Hepburn Elliott founded Elliott Sawmilling started with a series of ground mills in South Carolina; Andrews, Sullivans Island, Pawleys Island, Garnett, Ridgeland and Wiggins. At times, Richie’s family, would stay with him at the mill site. Other times Richie would drive back and forth to home in Summerton, SC on a daily basis.
In 1950, the ground mills were moved to Groton Plantation just outside of Estill, SC. The mills remained there until 1958, when one ground mill was moved to the present location on highway 321 two miles south of Estill. Because of a plentiful supply of delivered logs and access to the rail line, the mill was never moved again.
Middle son, Miles, came to work at the mill in the late 1960′ s. He remembers his father telling him that he (Richie) had never been a good land and timber trader. Therefore, he said, “We better be damn good sawmillers if we want to survive.” Miles’ main focus has always been on sawmill production and efficiency. He has seen the growth of the mill from less than 10,000,000 board feet per year to an excess of 150,000,000 board feet per year. Miles believes that the latest technology is essential, but surrounding yourself with great employees is an absolute necessary.
The future looks bright for Elliott Sawmilling with two of Richie’s Elliot’s four grandchildren, Nash Elliott and McCarten Elliott, currently working at the mill and learning the business of sawmilling. With five great grandchildren, the fourth generation of Elliott Sawmilling appears promising.