Chesterfield in Chesterfield County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
John Craig House
This house, the oldest in Chesterfield, was built ca. 1798 for John Craig (1755-1839), veteran of the American Revolution, merchant and miller, and county official. Craig’s father Hugh moved his family from Ireland to Virginia in 1760; John and his older brother Alexander came to S.C. soon after the war and helped organize Chesterfield District, later Chesterfield County. Craig was also Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas and Commissioner of Locations.
Craig, his wife Sarah Chapman (1778-1852), and their eleven children lived in this 14-room house, which often entertained travelers and distinguished guests. Craig ran a general store, tannery, and shoe shop in Chesterfield, and Craig’s Mill on Thompson’s Creek. His son William E. lived here on March 2, 1865, when Federal Gen. W.T. Sherman used the house as his overnight headquarters in Chesterfield.
Erected 2009 by Town of Chesterfield. (Marker Number 13-9.)
Location. 34° 44.151′ N, 80° 5.112′ W. Marker is in Chesterfield, South Carolina, in Chesterfield County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and Green Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chesterfield SC 29709, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Chesterfield Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Chesterfield Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); First Secession Meeting (within shouting distance of this marker); W. D. Craig House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Austin-Craig-Laney House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chesterfield Academy (approx. half a mile away); Chesterfield High School (approx. half a mile away); North Carolina / South Carolina (approx. 8.3 miles away in North Carolina). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chesterfield.
Also see . . . Welcome to Chesterfield. (Submitted on March 8, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary •
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