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Near Gaffney in Cherokee County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hearth and Home

Cowpens National Battlefield

 
 
Hearth and Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, September 2, 2017
1. Hearth and Home Marker
Inscription. Richard Scruggs II bought 100 acres adjacent to Cowpens battlefield after the South Carolina General Assembly opened vacant lands for sale. Around 1811 he built a log cabin, probably with a split log roof and dirt floor. The family sheared wool, churned butter, and slaughtered animals to eat and sell. Descendants lived in the house until it burned in 1961, leaving only the chimney.

In 1802, local resident, Michael Gaffney, observed, "Every farmer or planner is his own shoemaker, tanner, tailor, carpenter, brazier, and in fact, everything else... Everything comes by the farmer and his family."

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Chimney Before Restoration
Chimney After Restoration

The Virginia Tidewater design rock chimney, popular before the American Revolution, had two steps on both sides of the base of the flue, demonstrating one element of this style. Few notable examples of this architectural design still exist in South Carolina.

"They must do everything from cooking to ploughing..." Michael Gaffney
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 35° 7.454′ N, 81° 48.467′ W. Marker is near Gaffney, South Carolina, in Cherokee County. Marker
Chimney Remains In Front of Hearth and Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, September 2, 2017
2. Chimney Remains In Front of Hearth and Home Marker
can be reached from the intersection of New Pleasant Road (State Highway S-11-58) and State Highway S-11-22, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located along the 2-mile Cowpens battlefield nature trail, which starts at the battlefield's picnic area. Marker is in this post office area: Gaffney SC 29341, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Pasture to Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Scruggs House (approx. half a mile away); "...A Most Dreary Appearance" (approx. half a mile away); From Cow Pasture to Battlefield (approx. 0.6 miles away); The British Army (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sword Clash on Green River Road (approx. 0.6 miles away); Form the Line of Battle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Skirmishers Retreat, British Advance (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gaffney.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in front of a large chimney, which is all that remains of the house of Richard Scruggs II. Text on marker describes Richard Scruggs II's home.
 
Also see . . .  Cowpens National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on September 25, 2017.) 
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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