Near Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Robert Scruggs House
Robert Scruggs married Catherine Connell, and in 1828 his father, Richard Scruggs, gave them 200 acres of land. They had eleven children and added onto the house as the family grew.
Life at the time was hard; yeomen farmers raised corn, wheat, potatoes and livestock, while their wives tended to household tasks such as spinning wool into yarn, rendering animal fat into soap and maintaining a vegetable garden.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Landmarks • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
Location. 35° 7.884′ N, 81° 48.262′ W. Marker is near Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker can be reached from Chesnee Highway (State Highway 11) near Battleground Road (State Highway 110). This marker and House is in Cowpens National Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4001 Chesnee Hwy, Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "...A Most Dreary Appearance" (a few steps from this marker); From Pasture to Park (approx. Ό mile away); Road to the RevolutionThe British Army (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sword Clash on Green River Road (approx. 0.3 miles away); January 17, 1781 (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Battle of Cowpens (approx. 0.4 miles away); Landscape Restoration Project (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
Regarding The Robert Scruggs House. The Robert Scruggs House was built about 50 years after the Battle of Cowpens. Its purpose today is to show how people lived during that time, and how many things have changed since the Scruggs family lived in this house.
Also see . . .
1. Backcountry Lifestyles. When the first white settlers arrived in the western Carolinas, they found a terrain which had been home to Indians for generations. (Submitted on September 10, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
2. Cowpens National Battlefield Invites Visitors to Enjoy a Backcountry Holiday at the Scruggs House. In addition to the site of a famous Revolutionary War battle, Cowpens National Battlefield preserves the 1828 Robert Scruggs House. (Submitted on June 25, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Cowpens National Battlefield, National Park Service(Submitted on August 30, 2019.)
1. The Robert Scruggs House
Robert Scruggs, the builder of this cabin, was born just across the state line in North Carolina in 1800. around 1805, Robert's father, Richard Scruggs, moved his family to South Carolina and began farming near the Cowpens Battlefield. The Richard Scruggs home site is located about one half mile south of this cabin. Robert grew up working on his father's farm. Upon reaching manhood during the 1820s, the young farmer married Catherine Connel. In 1828, the new couple was given 200 acres of land by Richard Scruggs. On part of his 200 acres, Robert Scruggs raised this cabin for himself and Catherine and began the hard work of clearing, planting and harvesting. The sounds of children filled the cabin because the couple had three young boys by 1830 and eventually a total of eleven children.
The fields of the Scruggs farm were mostly planted in corn. Smaller plots were planted in wheat, rye, oats and sweet potatoes. Pigs and cattle were raised on the farm, but, they were not as numerous as the sheep grazing in the pastures. The farm was the main source of income for Robert Scruggs, however, he also ran a country store. His store stood on the other side of the Green
Robert Scruggs died in 1890 at the age of ninety. Catherine died less than two years later at the age of eighty-seven. The house passed down to their youngest son, James Scruggs and his wife, Mary. The expanded building remained in the family after their deaths when their daughter, Rosa Scruggs Garrett, inherited the home place. The National Park Service purchased the house and property from the granddaughter, Rosa, during the expansion of Cowpens National Battlefield in the mid 1970s.
The appearance of the Scruggs cabin had changed over the years from the time it was built in 1828. Log walls had been covered with paneling and additional rooms had been added onto the cabin.
Beginning during the earliest years of settlement before the Revolutionary War and continuing throughout the 1800s, cabins such as this one provided homes for most of the people living in the South Carolina Backcountry. Additions and modern improvements to the cabin were removed and Robert Scruggs' cabin was then restored. The sparse furnishings in the cabin are indicative of the type that might have been
— Submitted June 28, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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