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Aerial View of Langley
Aerial Shot taken by Shirley Radabaugh with Marvin Blystone as Pilot


Langley Pond Park is the fastest growing rowing venue in the southeast.   It is the only Olympic size course in South Carolina.   It is the world's largest pond measuring just a few inches short of being a lake! The pond is the perfect place to waterski, jet ski, swim, fish, picnic, row, have your companys' annual event and of course, host a regatta.   Complete with a bathhouse, playground, covered picnic area, grills, concession stand, boat ramp, special events area, swim area and dock, you are sure to find pleasure along the banks or in the water!

2014 Events

March 15: 
Augusta Invitational Regatta
June 21 - 22: 
US Rowing Southeast Regional Regatta
August 30: 
Triathlon





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The Early Years

Long ago along the banks of the Horse Creek, the heart of southern industry thrived with more than thirty mills nestled among this twenty-four mile tributary of the Savannah River.  Imagine the bustling sound of water power, machinery and mankind creating a plethora of goods for the entire nation.  That was the scene here at Langley Pond in 1870.

Everyone worked in the mills.  Children worked along side their parents because it was the way of life at that time.  Six mill villages existed along Horse Creek in Aiken County supplying cotton, pottery, saw and grist mills with hundreds of workers.  The Grand Ole Man, Mr. J. W. Reardon held the worlds record for the longest continuous employment in one company.  He worked for eighty-seven years at the Graniteville Manufacturing Company.   In 1869, Graniteville had 1,700 residents and the company was the largest mill in the south with 21,000 spindles, 587 looms, producing 150,000 yards per week.

On Dec. 9, 1865, Kalmia Mills, Inc. purchased property from John J. Glover to construct an extensive manufacturing project, which included a cotton and two paper mills.   By 1870, a cotton factory had been started and there were grandiose plans for more construction through the Kalmia Works project.  The project fell through when stockholders ran out of money.  Unfinished buildings and homes and the town of Kalmia was dormant until William C. Langley, of New York, proposed to revive the cotton mill project, raising $300,000 in capital stock.   The Langley Manufacturing Company was created on March 23, 1870 with the first stockholder meeting and barbeque.

The day before, the Kalmia Mills Stockholders met in Hamburg (North Augusta) to officially change the name of Kalmia to Langley.  Before the dam was completed in 1870 to power the Langley Mill, the pond was known as Horse Creek Pond.  Prior to record keeping of the 1720s, Horse Creek was mentioned in letters as far back as 1680.  Long before industry settled along the Horse Creek, the Westos Indians lived and hunted the land, watering their horses in the creek. Accordingly is the name Horse Creek.


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Maps & Directions

Click here for the Langley Pond Area Map

From: Columbia, South Carolina - Traveling WEST on I-20


Take EXIT 18 (Aiken, SC) - turn LEFT at Stop sign (this will be SC Highway #19)

Travel approximately 6 miles to Highway #118 - turn RIGHT onto Highway #118

Travel approximately 6 miles to the Stop Light at US Highway #1

TURN RIGHT ONTO US Highway #1

Travel approximately 4.5 miles to Langley Dam Road

Turn LEFT at light onto Langley Dam Road (Reid's Grocery Store will be just before the turn; a cemetery will be across the road to the RIGHT)



Take the first fork to the LEFT - the park will be on your LEFT

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From: Interstate 20 - Traveling EAST from Augusta/Atlanta, Georgia



Cross over the state line from Georgia to South Carolina

Take EXIT #1 for North Augusta, South Carolina - at Stop sign, turn RIGHT (this will be Martintown Road)

Travel approximately 5 miles and exit to travel EAST onto US Highway #1 (go over the overpass and around the onramp) - turn LEFT at Stop sign

Go a short distance (about 100 feet) to the next Stop sign and turn RIGHT (this will be US Highway #1)

Travel approximately 6.5 miles to Langley Dam Road

Turn RIGHT at the light onto Langley Dam Road (Reid's Grocery Store will be just after the turn; a cemetery will be across the road to the LEFT)

Take the first fork to the LEFT - the park will be on your LEFT

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From: Interstate 95 - Traveling NORTH from Savannah, Georgia



Cross over the state line from Georgia to South Carolina

Take Exit 5 for Hardeeville, South Carolina

Travel NORTH for a short distance to SC Highway #321 (North)

Travel approximately 60 miles to SC Highway #278 (you will travel through the small towns of Tillman, Garnett and Estill)

Upon reaching SC Highway #278 in the town of Fairfax, turn LEFT onto Highway #278

Travel approximately 70 miles to US Highway #1 (you will travel through the small towns of Allendale, Barnwell and Beech Island)

Proceed EAST toward Aiken, SC (away from Augusta, GA) on US Highway #1

Travel approximately 6.5 miles to Langley Dam Road

Turn RIGHT at the light onto Langley Dam Road (You will see a Law Office on the left just after the turn).
Take the first fork to the LEFT - the park will be on your LEFT

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