Nicholls-Crook Plantation - Woodruff Spartanburg County South Carolina SC

Nicholls-Crook Plantation – Woodruff – Spartanburg County

Nicholls-Crook Plantation 2013 - Spartanburg County, South Carolina
— Nicholls-Crook Plantation © Bill Fitzpatrick, 2013 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Woodruff, Spartanburg County

    120 Plantation Drive (2)

  • Origin of name – Nicholls and Crook were both surnames of early owners.

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – The home was recently operated as a bed and breakfast but is now simply a residence.


  • 1756 – Earliest known date of existence (3)

    A royal grant was issued for the property

  • Circa 1793 – Virginia native Thomas Williamson obtained the property (2 and 4).

  • 1793 – House built (2 and 4)

    Thomas Williamson built the Flemish bond brick house that still stands today.

  • 1813 – Thomas Williamson died and the plantation was sold to Jesse Crook. Crook's wife Katie was the daughter of Revolutionary War heroine Kate Barry (3).

  • ? – The plantation passed to the Crooks' daughter Katie and her husband George Nicholls (3).

  • ? – Katie and George's son John Moore Nicholls became owner (4).

  • Late 1800s – The plantation became vacant and the house was left to deteriorate (2).

  • 1900s – The plantation belonged to the Bryson family who continued to grow cotton on it (3).

  • 1962 – The property was subdivided and sold at auction. Much of the property was sold and developed into a golf course. However, the house was not purchased and remained abandoned (1, p. 5 and 2).

  • Late 1960s – Robert S. and Bedie P. Overman purchased the house and fully restored it (2).

  • 1987 – Jim and Suzanne Brown purchased the house and transformed it into a bed and breakfast (2).

Nicholls-Crook Plantation 1973 - Spartanburg County, South Carolina
— Nicholls-Crook Plantation, 1973 • National Register of Historic Places —


  • Number of acres – 1,200 in the 1800s (2 and 4)

  • Primary crops – Cotton (3)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The original 1973 two-story brick house still stands. There had been wood-frame additions added to the house in the late 1800s but those no longer exist. The house suffered fire damage that was repaired. The house has also been remodeled (1, p. 2).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1973
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Maxine Pinson, Colonial America Mirrored At Nicholls-Crook Plantation House

  3. Nicholls-Crook Plantation, Sankifa's Slavery Data Collection

  4. Information contributed by Jim and Suzanne Brown

Contact Information
  • Nicholls-Crook Plantation House
    120 Plantation Drive
    Woodruff, SC 29388

    Telephone: 864-476-8820

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