Henry Houser House Plantation Grover Cherokee County
- Location King's Creek, Grover, Cherokee County
Rock House Road
- Origin of name For early plantation owner Henry Houser
- Other names Howser; The Rock House
- Current status Location of the Kings Mountain National Military Park; the house is located in a remote section of the park and is open to the public only once or twice a year (4).
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- 1788 Henry Houser purchased 125 acres on King's Creek (3).
- 1789 Houser purchased an additional 120 acres (3).
- 1803 House built
Dr. Thomas Huffman shares, "A stone lentil over the front door of the house is carved with information and dates about the house. The owner carved both his own name, Henry Houser, and his wife's name, Jane Houser. Also, he carved the date 1803 on the stone lentil that would indicate the date he occupied the finished house." (2)
The two-story house took several years to complete and is constructed of rock (3)
- 1822 Henry Houser died. His will stipulated the plantation be sold at public sale and the proceeds distributed among his heirs (3).
- Subsequent owners of the house include: (3)
– Monroe Hardin
– W. Ross Hambright
– Robert Moore
– Grigg Howell
– J. F. Jenkins
– Tom Morris
– Ray Sheppard
– Jim Norman
- 1930s The US Park service acquired the property to create the Kings Mountain National Military Park (3).
- 1977 Restoration of the rock house was completed (3).
- Number of acres 125 in 1788; 245 in 1789 (3)
There is a Houser family cemetery located 200 yards from the house (3).
- Primary crop Corn which Henry Houser distilled into spirits (3)
- Number of slaves 4 in 1820 (3)
References & Resources
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
– Online Catalog
- Information contributed by Dr. Thomas Huffman.
- RootsWeb posting
- Historic Howser House will be open Saturday at Kings Mountain Park
- Kings Mountain National Military Park
2625 Park Road / South Carolina Highway 216
Blacksburg, SC 29702
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