Cross Keys Plantation

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Cross Keys Plantation
4.5
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travelwriter52
Clinton, SC2,988 contributions
Plantation Tour
May 2021
Great visit. There were volunteers in period costume to personally escort you around the property and through the house. As expected, some were not all period specific. Some of the buildings on the property were not originally there but were moved there to represent. An interesting aspect is the reconstruction, the balancing of the protection and keeping it original. It has been closed for the better part of a year, due to covid. But it is back, two times a month, donations accepted.
Written 2 May 2021
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Katya C
Spartanburg, SC4 contributions
Amazing!
Oct 2020 • Couples
Went there today and absolutely loved it!
It’s an invaluable piece of history, and the keepers are both very knowledgeable and passionate about the house and its history. It is their stories, that made our experience unforgettable.
Once you are outside, check out the grounds around the house and the beautiful brickwork!
Written 17 October 2020
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Sburris65
Simpsonville, SC2,482 contributions
2 plantation tour
Aug 2019
I had a rare Saturday off so I was looking around for something to do. I was looking at my SC State Park guide and was looking at nearby Rose Hill Plantation. When I noticed I would be here on the day this mansion would be open as well..I knew I had my plans.

The home was built between 1812 and 1814 for Barrum Bobo. It was fashioned in the Georgian Colonial Style and is one of the oldest homes in Union County. It is located on what was at the time two major roads..Old Buncombe and Old Ninety Six Road. The home also served as a travel stop for people most likely traveling to Columbia or Charleston. It has a gabled roof with matching chimneys at each end. It was added to the National Registry in 1971.

I arrived just in time for the tour to begin and shortly after several people who had been at nearby Rose Hill Plantation. We began in the front and our wonderful guide took us room by room pointing out facts about what you see on on display and about the history of the area in general. I believe some of the items here belonged to the family and the remainder or correct to the time period. They also have some costumes on display and they are lovely. The rooms are exquisitly decorated. And our guide was fascinating. Rumor has it this place is haunted. In one of the bedrooms there are a pair of womens shoes on display (also another favorite of mine) and our guide said they often come in to find these have been moved. To that I say contact Zac Bagans and the Ghost Adventures crew and let them come over and have a looksie. And I will be glad to come over and help out in any way possible! But hey..if I was a ghost, this is a pretty nice place to hang out. After touring inside then you can come out and the tour continues on outside. They do offer more buildings here then Rose Hill. They include a kitchen, a smoke house, the familys carriage, and the outhouse. Which when you have all this money to have such a grand mansion..you still have to go pee outside in a small wooden building!!! I did have to cut my tour a bit short outside and missed a couple of buildings. But this was a busy day for me as after touring two grand homes I had to meet my dad for a movie night out.

They are closed in the winter and are only open the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month unless there is a special event going on. Admission is $5. And they are only about 15 minutes from Rose Hill Plantation (I have a seperate review on that) so by all means I really suggest making a day of it and visiting both homes. Today the home is being taken care of by the Union Country Historical Society. The home can be rented out for weddings and other special events. Due to the nature of the home it is not handicaped accesible. There is free parking. Again small children will probably not enjoy this but it is an wonderful opportunity for older children. On the website it says no photography inside. But as you can see I took pictures and I wasn't sneaking to take them.

If possible allow time out to do the 2 plantations tour. You will be glad you did!
Written 18 November 2019
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jlmars8313
Port Charlotte, FL25 contributions
A great tour- interesting and informative
Aug 2017 • Family
We found this place by accident. They are only open on Saturdays. $5 per person is a great price. Under 5 is free. We had a 3 year old and she had a tough time. She just wanted to run around and explore. Our tour guide was full of information and very nice. He was able to answer every question we had. You get to explore the main house and several other buildings. The grounds are gorgeous. As is the home. We will be back with the rest of our family next time!
Written 10 September 2017
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Janagordon
Greenville, SC10 contributions
Nice Building
May 2017 • Solo
It is a plantation house but was closed. Make sure to make an appointment for tours. Plenty of outdoor houses too.
Written 30 May 2017
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Roger W
6 contributions
reenactment of the civil war .
May 2016 • Family
This is a very interesting family outing. We have lived in cross keys for 33 years and enjoyed the house very much. If you love history, come for a learning visit.
Written 29 April 2017
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ResaandMike
Charlotte, NC14 contributions
More then one thing to see
Jun 2016 • Family
We were here to see the plantation home and were surprised to find a number of other builds available to see as well. We were able to explore the insides of the outer buildings and met the owner. This was a nice little place to stop and rest our weary bones for a while.
Written 25 June 2016
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500hp_traveler
Huntsville, AL128 contributions
Living History!
Apr 2015 • Family
We attended a special living history event at Cross Keys that commemorated the 150th anniversary of a Jefferson Davis visit to Cross Keys w/ the Union troops in pursuit. The house is a great specimen of approx. 1812 time frame architecture. The Union County Historical Society does a great job operating the plantation and takes pride in the history. A civil war reinactment was a highlight of the weekend. There is a lot of historical sites in the area and this is one worthy of going to. I believe it is typically open on Saturdays and is a easy 30 minutes or so from Spartanburg.
Written 29 April 2015
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Tracy W
Lexington, KY91 contributions
Rough Around the Edges, but fascinating
Mar 2015 • Friends
On our way to another plantation, we saw this one from the road and noticed it was open. We stopped and joined the tour. The tour guide was extremely enthusiastic about the subject, although he liked talking about the Civil War re-enactments that happen here periodically, and often got sidetracked. You do get to see the whole house, including the attic.
This is a more rustic and rough around the edges place than the nearby state owned Rose Hill State Historic Site, but it's also considerably older and visiting both in one day (which is easily do-able) gives a great sense of early nineteenth century construction practices and lifestyle.
Cross Keys is only open on Saturdays, but tours are free.
Written 30 March 2015
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