Near McConnells in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The upper part of South Carolina was opened to settlement during the mid-1700s. Traveling down the Great Wagon Road from Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, settlers brought with them vast knowledge needed for life in the wilderness - how to fell trees and build a house, hunt and grow crops. Most were Scotch-Irish, but with English, German, French, Swiss, Irish, and Africans among them. Many early settlers received land by a grant from Great Britain in the name of King George II. In order to secure ownership of the granted land, the new owners were required to build a permanent shelter on the land.
This Backwoods Cabin represents the first home on the Carolina frontier - simple and unrefined, sturdy and easily built. Often the cabin was not meant to be permanent. Instead it was intended as a first step toward their goal of becoming self-reliant members of a stable agricultural community.
Farming was the key to this stability. Clearing the forests for crops was the first fundamental environmental change in the region and the first significant mark of settlement.
Location. 34° 51.942′ N, 81° 10.5′ W. Marker is near McConnells, South Carolina, in York County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Brattonsville Road Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1444 Brattonsville Rd., Mc Connells SC 29726, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Field of Huck's Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battle of Huck’s Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); William Bratton Plantation/Battle of Huck's Defeat (within shouting distance of this marker); Bratton Home (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brattonsville (about 400 feet away); The Homestead (about 500 feet away); Brick Kitchen (about 500 feet away); A House of Untold Stories (about 700 feet away); Huck's Defeat (approx. 0.7 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McConnells.
More about this marker. Marker cannot be seen from the roadway and is part of the Brattonsville Historic Site.
Regarding Backwoods Cabin. Despite being included within the boundaries of the Brattonsville Historic District, the Backwoods Cabin was not included in the building inventory.
Also see . . .
1. Great Wagon Road. The Great Wagon Road was a colonial American thoroughfare transiting the Great Appalachian Valley from Pennsylvania to North Carolina and from there to Georgia. (Submitted on January 10, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Brattonsville Historic District. Brattonsville is a small but important area of York County significant for its architectural record of South Carolina development. (Submitted on January 10, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Colonial Era • Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers •
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