Near Clinton in Laurens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
No Rest for the Weary
Edward Musgrove had been in the backcountry long enough to experience the brutality of frontier warfare, being involved in the Cherokee Wars and the Regulator Movement. Although he had hoped to live in peace, his home would draw the attention of the British and pull his family in the war.
“So you see I have interfered on neither side, only so far as you might have expected me, which I would not have come short of by any means. If I was to undertake, I would be very sorry to fail in the matter; therefore it is wisdom to balance everything in the right scale.”
Excerpt from a 1775 letter from Edward Musgrove to William Henry Drayton signifying his neutrality.
These ruins are all that remain of what may have once been the home of Edward Musgrove. A prosperous and influential settler of the Carolina backcountry, Edward acquired this land by 1774. It was on this site that Edward built a typical plantation, with a dwelling house and various other outbuildings.
Erected by South Carolina State Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these Colonial Era • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary • Wars, US Indian. A significant historical year for this entry is 1775.
Location. 34° 35.581′ N, 81° 51.179′ W. Marker is near Clinton, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker is on State Park Road (Musgrove Mill Road), half a mile north of State Highway 56, on the left when traveling north. Marker is in Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, south of the Enoree River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 398 State Park Rd, Clinton SC 29325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Summer Camp (here, next to this marker); Musgrove Mill State Historic Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Where There's a Mill... (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Patriot in Petticoats" (about 600 feet away); Battle of Musgrove Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ford Country (approx. 0.2 miles away); Into the Backcountry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Americans in British Uniform (approx. 0.3 miles away); A Band of Brothers (approx. 0.3 miles away); True to Their King (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
More about this marker. On the lower left of the marker is a painting that "shows how the Musgrove house may have looked. The inspiration for the painting was a ca. 1930 photograph." The original painting was by Genie Marshall Wilder.
Also see . . . Musgrove's Mill Historic Battle Site. The battle of Musgrove’s Mill, fought on August 18, 1780, was an early American victory in the South during the Revolution. (Submitted on November 23, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 11, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,046 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. 4, 5. submitted on November 23, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. 6. submitted on November 7, 2008, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.