•The Ruins of Pinckneyville•
Ever heard the story of Pinckneyville? My guess is that you’ve never heard the name before now. In fact, you won’t find much information on one of the strangest ghost towns in South Carolina either. It still exists just outside of Union or at least the ruins do. It was only around for a very short time anyway. In the year 1791, Pinckney District Court was created and it joined what is York, Chester, Spartanburg, and Union. By the year 1800 Pinckney District had already been abolished. Revisions to the SC judicial system made Pinckneyville impractical and so they just did away with it altogether.
The problem, you see, is that several families had already moved to the area in anticipation of economic growth. Pinckneyville was to be the first metropolis in Upstate South Carolina. Several buildings and homes had already been constructed in those nine years. Pinckneyville had a courthouse and jail, even its own hanging ground.
Even though Pinckneyville was no longer to be, some people stayed. McMahan and Taylor, two men who would spend their lives feuding with each other over land claims, were two of those men. Several legends have been handed down about the rivalry and some believe the area still haunted. Very little can, of course, be proven as to what all really happened. An old Chester Newspaper claims that several lawsuits existed between the two. As for the rest, it is a matter of speculation and rumor. When the railroad came in the 1850’s, traffic through the area diminished and Pinckneyville was abandoned.
Those who have traveled down these serpentine dirt roads often report hearing screams and growls from the nearby woods. What sorts of creatures live in these woods is unknown and may never be known. Today access is restricted. Private Property signs clutter the trees in every direction and a large iron gate bars passage to any foolish enough to pass.