Scotch Cross Plantation - Greenwood County South Carolina SC

Scotch Cross Plantation – Greenwood County

Scotch Cross Plantation - Greenwood County, South Carolina
— Scotch Cross Plantation © Mike Kitchens —

Basic Information

  • Location – Greenwood County

    At the intersection of Mathews Road and Barksdale Ferry Road

  • Origin of name – The house received the name Scotch Cross because it was built near a settlement by the same name. It was also called the J. Wesley Brooks House for the home's builder and first owner (1, p. 6).

  • Other names – J. Wesley Brooks House

  • Current status – Believed to be privately owned and restored


  • 1815 – Earliest known date of existence

    J. Wesley Brooks built the house for his wife Anne Lipscomb (1).

  • Circa 1834 – The plantation was part of Mary Elizabeth Watson's dowry when she married Zebulon Rudulph, Jr. (3).

  • 1835 – Mary Rudulph died of complications from childbirth. Zebulon Rudulph, Jr. sold the plantation and he and his son moved to Alabama in 1839 (3 and 4).

  • ? – Dr. Samuel Perryman became owner. His wife, Sarah Ann Watson Perryman, was J. Wesley Brooks' niece (2, p. 143).

  • 1838 – Dr. Perryman died leaving Scotch Cross to his wife to support her and their children (2, p. 143).

  • 1840 – The widow Perryman married Captain Henry Hunter Creswell. Creswell purchased the plantation from the Perryman heirs (2, p. 143).

  • 1896 – Creswell remained at Scotch Cross until his death on March 23 (2, p. 143).

  • 1973 – Mrs. Olin Turner was owner of record (1, p. 1).


  • Number of acres – Less than 10 in 1973 (1, p. 4)

  • Primary crop – Probably cotton


  • Chronological list – Captain John Wesley Brooks (1815-?); Zebulon Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Watson Rudolph (1834-?); Dr. Samuel Perryman (?-1838); Sarah Ann Watson Perryman (1838-1840); Captain Henry Hunter Creswell (1840-1896); Mrs. Olin Turner (1973)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The house is built in the Federal style with Palladian features using hand-sawed construction from timber found on the property (1).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1975
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. John Bennett Boddie, Virginia Historical Genealogies (Memphis, TN: General Books LLC, 2009)

  3. Information contributed by Robert Burns.

  4. Rob Salzman, posting

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