The advent of the gin in turn led to development of large cotton plantations throughout the Deep South. The new courthouse was designed by South Carolina architect Robert Mills. Mc Coll's Victorian brick residence, which was built in 1884.
Others were transported from the Upper South by slave traders.
This shift to cotton cultivation in the uplands was based on the development of the cotton gin, which made short-staple cotton, cotton with relatively short fibers, profitable. General Assembly authorized the relocation of the courthouse from the eastern bank of the Great Pee Dee River to a more central location, selecting a 3-acre (12,000 m) apple orchard located on a bluff above Crooked Creek.
The area was developed for short-staple cotton cultivation, dependent on the labor of enslaved African Americans.
Many were brought to the upland area from the Lowcountry, carrying their Gullah culture with them.
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