By Jeannette Holland Austin(profile)
During the 18th and 19th centuries, gold was discovered in a belt of country running from the Saluda River (in Edgefield County) to the Savannah River. It touches the Saluda near Higgins Ferry and runs in a southwesterly direction near Richardsville, then crosses Mountain Creek in the lower part of Abbeville and crosses the Savannah River into Georgia. Dorns Mine, located in lower Abbeville (now McCormick County) was operated by William Dorn who excavated nearly one million dollars in gold. It was was first stuck in 1852 and was exhausted during the late 19th century.
In 1869, the mine was sold to inventor Cyrus McCormick. In 1882, McCormick ended his futile search for gold and began selling his land which would become the town of McCormick.