Latta, South Carolina: Cotton Press: Earth's Oldest?

According to its historical marker, this big wooden mule-powered cotton press was built around 1798 and is "thought by many to be the oldest in existence."

Address:
SC-38, Latta, SC
Directions:
I-95 exit 181A. Drive east three-quarters of a mile on Hwy 38. You'll see the Press on the right, next to a little parking area.
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Cotton Press.

Oldest Cotton Press

A sign claims that this was the first cotton press powered by oxen. It is a giant wooden press on the side of the road.

[Vickie Turner, 01/18/2018]

For Cotton History fans. According to its historical marker, the Press was built around 1798 and is "thought by many to be the oldest in existence." Cotton presses were used by slaves to squeeze cotton into cotton bales.


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