Cross Keys Plantation - Cross Keys Union County South Carolina SC

Cross Keys Plantation – Cross Keys – Union County



Cross Keys Plantation 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
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Basic Information

  • Location – Cross Keys, Ninety Six District, Union County

    This plantation was originally situated on the knoll at the intersection of two stage coach roads – Old Buncombe Road (or Charleston Road) and Old Ninety-Six (also known as the Old Piedmont Stage Road). (5)

    Today, it sits at 163 Old Buncombe Road, 12 miles southwest of the City of Union.

  • Origin of name – It was named by owner Barrum Bobo (4, Vol. I-XII, XI: 46). We do not yet know its meaning.

  • Other names – Cross Keys House

  • Current status – Owned by the Union County Historical Society, it is open on Saturdays for tours.

Cross Keys Plantation Side 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
— Side of Cross Keys Plantation © Ann Helms, 2014 —
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Timeline

  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1812-1814 – House built by Barrum Bobo (1, p. 2).

  • 1865 – Jefferson Davis, along with the Confederate cabinet and his military escort, ate lunch at Cross Keys on April 30th while traveling through the area (2).

  • 1971 – William Claude Wilburn owned Cross Keys Plantation (1, p. 1).

  • 2006 – The Union County Historical Society purchased the Cross Keys house and 25 surrounding acres (5).

Cross Keys Plantation House Marker 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
— Cross Keys Plantation House Marker © Ann Helms, 2014 —
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Land

  • Number of acres – 900 in the 1800s; 25 in 2006 (5)

  • Primary crop – ?

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Cross Keys Plantation Outbuildings 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
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Buildings

  • House was constructed with common bond brick in the Georgian Colonial style (1, p. 2).

  • The Union County Historical Society has moved three log cabins from other area plantations to Cross Keys Plantation and repurposed two of them as a blacksmith's shop and tool shed (5).
Cross Keys Plantation Cabin Interior 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
— Interior of Cabin at Cross Keys Plantation © Ann Helms, 2014 —
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References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1971
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. SC Highway Historical Marker Guide - online database by the SC Department of Archives & History

  3. Allan D. Charles, Narrative History of Union County South Carolina (Greenville, SC: A PRESS Printing Company, 1997)
     Order Narrative History of Union County South Carolina

  4. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  5. Meet Jefferson Davis at the Cross Keys House in Union

  6. Union County Historical Society's Cross Keys Plantation webpage – Click here

Cross Keys Plantation Barn 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
— Cross Keys Plantation Barn © Ann Helms, 2014 —
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Contact Information
  • Cross Keys Plantation
    163 Old Buncombe Road
    Union, SC 29379

    Telephone: 864-429-5081
    Website: Click here

Cross Keys Plantation Piano 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
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Cross Keys Plantation Loft 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
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Cross Keys Plantation Mile Post 2014 - Union County, South Carolina
— Mile Post Noting 12 Miles to Union from Cross Keys —
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Cross Keys Plantation 1971 - Union County, South Carolina
— Cross Keys Plantation © National Register of Historic Places, 1971 —





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