Belmont Plantation - Union County South Carolina SC

Belmont Plantation – Cross Keys – Union County

Belmont Plantation - Union County, South Carolina
— Rear of Belmont Plantation © Contributed by Grant Hayter-Menzies —

NOTE: Belmont was not a working plantation but considered to be a country estate where the Grimké family lived while Judge Grimké's working plantation, Quarter Plantation, was nearby (3).

Basic Information

  • Location – Cross Keys, Union County

    On a high hill west of Cross Keys near the Spartanburg County line (1, p. 65)

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – ?


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • Prior to 1790 – House built

    Judge John Faucheraud Grimké built a summer house he called Belmont. The bricks used in its construction were of poor quality and the "walls disintegrated" (1, p. 65).

  • 1819 – Judge Grimké passed away (3).

  • 1838 – On January 1, James Lambright purchased approximately 300-400 acres of land from Mary Smith Grimké, John's widow, for $1,200.00 (2) (3).

  • 1842 – Lambright built a large two-story house. He continuted to call his plantation Belmont (2).

  • Circa 1860 – The Dillards purchased Belmont (2).


  • Number of acres – 300-400 in 1838 (2)


  • Number of slaves – ?

    Lore claims Belmont's slaves were afraid of the house at night because of the many trees that surrounded it (2).


  • The house built by Grimké was of poor construction and deteriorated (1, p. 65).

  • Lambright built a two-story house on the property in 1842. This house was still standing in the late 1950s (2).

References & Resources

  1. 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

  2. Information contributed by Grant Hayter-Menzies, some of which came from a newspaper article by Carl May published in the Spartanburg Journal and Herald on April 5, 1955.

  3. Information contributed by Louise W. Knight who is writing a biography of the Grimké sisters for publication in the fall of 2018.

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