Abbeville County South Carolina

Abbeville County South Carolina is long time producer of gold. Best known as the Carolina Slate Belt, extends across several counties in a northeast to southeast direction as a continuation of the same geologic formation in North Carolina. There are very many streams, creeks, benches, and terraces throughout the belt that contain placer gold. There are many regional mines upstream from the placer gravels and probable sources of the placer gold.


There are many mines around Abbeville that produced lode gold . East of Abbeville 7.3 miles is the Lyon Prospect. It consist of several quartz veins cutting Phyllite and produces free milling gold. West of Abbeville 8 miles is the Calais and Douglas mines, which produced lode gold. South of Abbeville 9 miles and .5 miles east of Beula Cross Roads is an old mine that produced lode gold.


West of Lowndsville 3 miles is the Cook Prospect. It consisted of small quartz lenses that contain gold. There is also a mill site on the property.


Calais Mine - was an old lode gold mine.

Cook Prospect - is located approximately 3 miles southwest of Lowndsville. This mine followed small quartz veins and it had its on stamp mill.

Douglas Mine - was located close to the Calais Mine and was a lode gold contributor.

Jones Mine - is on the west side of Long Cane Creek.

Lyon Mine - consisted of several quartz veins cutting phyllite.

Lyon Prospect - consist of several quartz veins cutting Phyllite and produces free milling gold.

Unknown Mine

Civil Ware Mine

Saluda Mine


Long Cane Creek - has placer possibilities.

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