Moss Grove Plantation - Cross Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Moss Grove Plantation – Cross – Berkeley County

Moss Grove Plantation 2014 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Moss Grove Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2014 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Cross, Berkeley County

    Located on Ranger Drive at Country Pond Lane, most of the plantation's former acreage lies submerged under Lake Moultrie.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – ?


  • 1678 – Earliest known date of existence (1, p. 33)

    Sir Peter Colleton received a land grant of 12,000 acres. The property became known as the Fairlawn Barony (1, p. 31).

  • 1844 – John Cross bought a total of 500 acres from the Austin, Winningham, McCants families. He later purchased additional property from the Livingston and Droze families (1, p. 298).

  • 1880 – House built

    Adam Cross, John's son, built a two-story clapboard house. There had been a pole house on the property thought to have been built prior to the American Revolution (1, p. 81 and 299).

  • 1886 – House was damaged by the Great Earthquake of 1886 (1, p. 299).

  • Moss Grove remained in the Cross family for seven generations (1, p. 299).

  • 1985 – Mrs. Ethel Cross Langley owned Moss Grove (1, p. 299).


  • Number of acres – 500 in 1844 (1, p. 298)

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – ?


References & Resources

  1. J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
     Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley

  2. Records held by the Berkeley County Historical Society

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

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