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Templeton-Drake Cabin ca. 1764

 
 
Templeton-Drake Cabin ca. 1764 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
1. Templeton-Drake Cabin ca. 1764 Marker
Inscription.
Dedicated to
Jane Byrd Wilson
Sept. 19,1939 - March 17, 2000
She worked to preserve the valuable
heritage of the Boonesborough Township

 
Erected 2005 by Boonesborough Township Historical Society.
 
Location. 34° 22.1′ N, 82° 21.117′ W. Marker is in Donalds, South Carolina, in Abbeville County. Marker is on West Main Street (State Highway 184) south of Austin Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located on the front door of the cabin. The cabin is north of the Donalds Grange No. 497. Marker is in this post office area: Donalds SC 29638, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Donalds Grange No. 497 (within shouting distance of this marker); Boonesborough Township (1763) (approx. ¼ mile away); Due West (approx. 3.1 miles away); Greenville Presbyterian Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Rev. J.I. Bonner Monument (approx. 3.1 miles away); Angela Marlow Newton (approx. 3.2 miles away); Erskine College (approx.
Templeton-Drake Cabin -<br>Front (West) Elevation image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
2. Templeton-Drake Cabin -
Front (West) Elevation
3.3 miles away); Abbeville County (approx. 3.3 miles away); Bryson College Memorial (approx. 3.4 miles away); William Moffatt Grier (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Donalds.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Boonesborough Historical Society. Originally the Donalds Historical Society, growth and expanded membership were behind the name change to the Boonesborough Historical Society. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. The Templeton-Drake Log House. This log house, originally constructed ca. 1763, was located on the Henry Templeton plat of Boonesborough Township, Abbeville District, South Carolina. (Submitted on October 5, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. The Royal Colony of South Carolina: The Township Acts. There are many contradicting histories on what really led to the establishment of "Townships" in the interior of South Carolina immediately after the Crown took over the colony in 1729. (Submitted on January 26, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Drake Family Members Who Lived in the Cabin. RootsWeb posting listing the Drake family members who lived in the
Templeton-Drake Cabin ca. 1764 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bob Brownlee, September 13, 2014
3. Templeton-Drake Cabin ca. 1764 Marker
cabin. (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

5. The Drakes of Abbeville Co, SC. Nancy Agnes Brackenridge and James Drake Jas. Drake b. 1 Jan 1784, d. 7 Dec 1854. Nancy Brackenridge (or Breckenridge) b. 30 Oct 1786 d. 2 Nov 1857. m. 26 Sep 1804 at Greenville (Greenvale) Presbyterian Ch. in Abbeville District, South Carolina. (Submitted on November 22, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. SC Resolution H. 3975
To congratulate the Boonesborough Township Historical Society upon the completion of the restoration of the Templeton-Drake Log Cabin in Donalds, South Carolina, and to commend the members of the Society for their important work in preserving the heritage of Abbeville and Anderson Counties.

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly are pleased to learn that the Boonesborough Township Historical Society has recently completed the restoration of the Templeton-Drake log cabin in Donalds, South Carolina; and

Whereas, this historic log cabin was built around 1764 and was part of the Boonesborough settlement that had been surveyed in 1763 by Patrick Calhoun on Long Cane Creek near modern Donalds. The Boonesborough settlement was named for South
Templeton-Drake Cabin -<br>Right (South) Side image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
4. Templeton-Drake Cabin -
Right (South) Side
Carolina Colonial Governor Thomas Boone. The log cabin is the oldest existing building in Abbeville County; and

Whereas, the cabin was first built by Henry Templeton, one of Boonesborough’s first settlers, and is sixteen by twenty-two feet. In 1993, the then current owner had the cabin dismantled and took the logs to Cleveland, Georgia. Six years later, he donated the cabin to the Boonesborough Township Historical Society and it was moved back to South Carolina; and

Whereas, restoring the cabin was a dream of the late Jane Elizabeth “Betty” Byrd Griffith Wilson. As a member of the Boonesborough Township Historical Society, she shared a vision with the other members of reconstructing, from the original materials, this log cabin. The cabin will be dedicated in Jane Byrd Wilson’s honor at a ceremony on Saturday, April 30, 2005; and

Whereas, the Templeton-Drake log cabin is thought to be the sole physical remnant of the historic Boonesborough Township on America’s frontier, and it provides a living history site on the Discovery Tour of the National Heritage Corridor; and

Whereas, the Boonesborough Township Historical Society was founded in 1991 and its mission is to promote the cultural preservation of upper Abbeville and lower Anderson Counties. It serves the towns of Donalds, Due West, Honea Path, Ware Shoals, and other parts of
Templeton-Drake Cabin - Left Corner image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
5. Templeton-Drake Cabin - Left Corner
Abbeville and Anderson Counties; and

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, would like to publicly recognize and congratulate the officers, members, and friends of the Boonesborough Township Historical Society upon the completion of this important restoration which will help educate South Carolinians on American frontier life and the culture of some of our State’s earliest settlers. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly congratulate the Boonesborough Township Historical Society upon the completion of the restoration of the Templeton-Drake log cabin in Donalds, South Carolina, and commend the members of the society for their important work in preserving the heritage of Abbeville And Anderson Counties.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Jim Pinson, President of Boonesborough Township Historical Society.
    — Submitted November 22, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsNotable PersonsSettlements & Settlers
 
Templeton-Drake Cabin -<br>Rear (East) Side image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
6. Templeton-Drake Cabin -
Rear (East) Side
Templeton-Drake Cabin -<br>Donald's Grange in Background image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 27, 2008
7. Templeton-Drake Cabin -
Donald's Grange in Background
Jane Byrd Wilson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, January 17, 2009
8. Jane Byrd Wilson Memorial
In Memory of
Jane Byrd Wilson
Sept. 19, 1939
March 17, 2000
Naturalist, Educator,
Humanitarian
 
 
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