GREEN BOX #4 :: 11/20/20

***Update this box has been found***
Found by Kirstyn Denney from North Augusta, SC

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#1 Clue, Friday Nov. 20th :: In the area where 3300 continuously worked.

The average weight of millstone is right at 3300lbs. These were used on water powered mills that existed at the Lombard Mill Pond. The Lombard Mill Site is part of the Butler Creek Nature Corridor located about 7 miles from the beginning of Butler Creek. The first mill built here in the late 1780s was called Robinson’s Mill built on the south side of the Creek. It was a water-powered mill that used granite stones to grind corn into flour.

#2 Clue, Saturday Nov. 21st :: Ambition led to the south’s most comfortable.

Mr. Lombard, the Augusta businessman is responsible for building the Modjeska in downtown Augusta 1911. A Chronicle article cited the new theater as “beautiful, artistic and tasteful, in addition to possessing more comfort and excellent appointments than any other motion picture theater in the south.” The theater, a two-story building, included a terracotta exterior with touches of poly-chrome and marble bases. An immense marquee cantilevered out into the sidewalk of broad street, fully lit with incandescent bulbs. The interior housed such amenities as a reading room for the ladies and smoking room for the men, each equipped with toilets. The performance stage was comparable in size to that of opera house and included an orchestra pit. The site for the theater was on the north side of Broad Street, directly opposite existing Modjeska. The Augusta Chronicle cited owner Mr. R. O. Lombard’s ambitious plans to renovate the former Modjeska theater and operate both locations simultaneously.

#3 Clue, Sunday Nov. 22nd :: Easily accessed by those with tiny feet.

This box was located on the pond side of the dam in the knee-high plants. The easiest way to access the box was to walk down the tiny brickwork “steps” into what used to be the pond.

#4 Clue, Monday Nov. 23rd :: The strokes you see are not of my own.

In 1931, a murdered sailor was found at the mill site. The body of Raiford Grady Williams was found shot to death in the lumber yard. His father, a Methodist Minister, Reverend James Monroe Williams, was found guilty of the crime. Why did he do this? The reason is money, because he was the beneficiary of his son’s navy insurance policy. As a strange turn in this case, the alleged suicide note from Raiford was found to be faked by an unknown person to help James get a pardon. The Reverend was serving a life sentence for first degree murder. If his spirit could talk, this clue is what he might say.

#5 Clue, Tuesday Nov. 24th :: Once I would have held my breath, but today I do not.

The pond is now mostly drained… the box sat in the plants at what would have been underwater during the time period that mills were using the water power.

#6 Clue, Wednesday Nov. 25th :: I now see that which was strong, but is now broken.

As the pond now basically sits drained, the Green Box sits in the high weeds in the pond bed staring at the remnants of the old dam and pieces of what were a mill.

#7 Clue, Thursday Nov. 26th :: Across the way a notable wedding took place.

Across the street was The Oaks property – “It was here that both of his daughters were married, the second one being Marion Charlie Lombard, who married Tyrus “Ty” Cobb there in 1908.

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