MYSTERY PHOTO: Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

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This photo, taken by Michael Kaynard in the Lowcountry but outside of Charleston County, arrives just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Where is it? Send your best guess to: and make sure to include your name and hometown.  If possible, write “Mystery Photo” in the subject line.

Last week’s picture of a boxy, old machine wasn’t as touch as we thought, particularly for our out-of-state readers.  Steve Elledge of Hickory, N.C., correctly identified the machine as a cotton gin … and went one step further.  He correctly wrote it is located at the Browntown Historic District near Johnsonville, S.C.  Others who knew the machine was a cotton gin were Jerry Clayton of Otis, Colo., Mark Costello of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the reliable George Graf of Palmyra, Va.  He added this information, based on and Wikipedia:

One of the farm museum’s more well-known features is its 1850s-era cotton gin that stands on original supports.  Browntown is a national historic district located near Johnsonville, Florence County, South Carolina. The district encompasses seven contributing buildings and four contributing structures reflecting the self-sufficient way of life practiced by several generations of the Brown family during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Moses Brown and his son and grandsons were self-sufficient farmers who operated their own brick kiln, grist mill, lumber mill, cotton gin, retail and wholesale mercantile business, and school. The property nominated includes the cotton gin building, three residences, the school, a tobacco barn and several outbuildings.

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