Cross Anchor, South Carolina

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Cross Anchor
Cross Anchor is located in South Carolina
Cross Anchor
Cross Anchor
Location within the state of South Carolina
Coordinates: 34°38′33″N 81°51′29″W / 34.64250°N 81.85806°W / 34.64250; -81.85806Coordinates: 34°38′33″N 81°51′29″W / 34.64250°N 81.85806°W / 34.64250; -81.85806
CountryUnited States
StateSouth Carolina
Elevation663 ft (202 m)
 • Total126
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
GNIS feature ID2629823[1]

Cross Anchor is a Census-designated place in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, United States. The population in the 2010 United States Census was 126.


A community post office called Cross Anchor has been in operation since 1809.[2] Cross Anchor may have been named for an old tavern sign depicting two anchors crossed.[3] Alternatively, one Union County historian has stated the name originates from two British brothers who sailed to South Carolina before moving inland. Upon arriving in the Upstate region of the state, the brother who piloted the ship decided to settle in Cross Anchor, naming the community in honor of his role in the brothers' journey. The other brother, who possessed the ship's keys, named and settled the nearby community of Cross Keys.[4]

The Musgrove Mill State Historic Site, located in Cross Anchor, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.[5]


Cross Anchor is located in extreme southern Spartanburg County. The community's central location is the intersection of South Carolina Highways 49 and 56 where one traffic light exists. Nearby towns include Woodruff, Clinton, Union, and Pauline. Interstate 26 (approximately 8 miles from the town center) allows for easy access to Spartanburg to the north, and the capital, Columbia, to the south.

The elevation is 679 feet above mean sea level.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Cross Anchor, South Carolina
  2. ^ "County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  3. ^ Bailey, Louise (11 April 1988). "For settlers, places told their stories". Times-News. p. 5. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  4. ^ "How did Cross Anchor Get Its Name?". South Carolina ETV. Retrieved 2022-09-27.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.