Henry Houser House Plantation - Grover Cherokee County South Carolina SC

Henry Houser House Plantation – Grover – Cherokee County

 Henry Houser Plantation 1938 - Cherokee County, South Carolina
— Henry House House 1938 © Library of Congress —
(Prints & Photographs Division HABS SC-15)

Basic Information

  • 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

  1. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
    –  Online Catalog

  2. Information contributed by Dr. Thomas Huffman.

  3. RootsWeb posting

  4. Historic Howser House will be open Saturday at Kings Mountain Park

Contact Information

  • Kings Mountain National Military Park
    2625 Park Road / South Carolina Highway 216
    Blacksburg, SC 29702

    Telephone: 864-936-7921
    Website: Click here

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