Dearing man gives small history on Iron Hill area
By Caitlin Boland

Shown above is an aerial view of Iron Hill Road near where it meets Luckey’s Bridge and Ellington Airline roads. This photo shows a portion of the area considered as the Iron Hill community.
The Iron Hill area of McDuffie County has some rich history.
According to Richard Adams, whose family has ties to the area, the Iron Hill area is considered to include an approximately two to three mile radius although Iron Hill Road goes all the way into Dearing.
Iron Hill’s red rocks are a source of iron ore, and Adams said the Native Americans who were once in the area used the rocks as paint rocks to paint their faces. He added that the iron ore also created a source for McDuffie’s first industry, Sweetwater Iron Works.
Adams said although the iron created at the iron works wasn’t the quality of iron we have today, the iron works was in production from 1785 until after the Civil War. The iron works was located where Hobbs Mill was on Sweetwater Creek, which runs from Boneville to Hobbs Mill Road near Wrens Highway.
“They hauled the rocks from Iron Hill in a wagon to the iron works,” Adams said.
At the junction of Iron Hill, Ellington Airline and Luckey’s Bridge roads sits Iron Hill Advent Christian Church. Adams said the church, which was built in the 1800s, serves as the center of the Iron Hill area. He added that the cemetery is also an integral part of the community.
FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, see the full story in the Aug. 3, 2017, issue of The McDuffie Progress. To have The McDuffie Progress delivered to your home or business each week, simply call 706-595-1601 to subscribe. Or, follow the link on our home page to subscribe.





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