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).
— Henry Houser House Fireplace 1938 • Library of Congress —
(Prints & Photographs Division LC-J7-SC- 3130)
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- 1788 Henry Houser purchased 125 acres on King's Creek (3).
- 1789 Houser purchased an additional 120 acres (3).
- 1801-1803 House built (5)
An engraving can be found over the front door of the house. It is dated 1803 and has the names of Henry Houser, the home's owner, and Jane Houser on it. Jane was not Henry's wife but a slave and as was custom at that time, took the last name of her owner. Jane was an accomplished stonemason, as was Henry, and the two worked side by side to construct the two-story rock house (3) (5).
- 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
- 1932 Charles M. Smith, president of Farmers & Planters National Bank was owner. The house and property were occupied by a tenant farmer, Ray Sheppard, and his family (5).
- 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).
— Henry Houser House Door 1938 • Library of Congress —
(Prints & Photographs Division LC-J7-SC- 3128)
- Number of acres 125 in 1788; 245 in 1789; 520 in 1932 (3) (5)
- Primary crop Corn which Henry Houser distilled some into spirits (3)
- Number of slaves 4 in 1820 (3)
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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
- Newspaper article submitted by Gary Downard:
Stewart Atkins, Stone Building Erected by Two (Spartanburg, SC: The Spartanburg Herald-Journal, October 9, 1932
- Kings Mountain National Military Park
2625 Park Road / South Carolina Highway 216
Blacksburg, SC 29702
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