Walnut Grove Plantation

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Walnut Grove Plantation
Walnut Grove, Route 1, 1 mile East of intersection of U.S. 221 &, Roebuck (Spartanburg County, South Carolina).jpg
Walnut Grove Plantation
Walnut Grove Plantation is located in South Carolina
Walnut Grove Plantation
Walnut Grove Plantation is located in the US
Walnut Grove Plantation
Nearest city Spartanburg, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°49′33″N 81°57′36″W / 34.82583°N 81.96000°W / 34.82583; -81.96000Coordinates: 34°49′33″N 81°57′36″W / 34.82583°N 81.96000°W / 34.82583; -81.96000
Built 1765
Architectural style Georgian
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 01, 1970

Walnut Grove Plantation, the home of Charles and Mary Moore, was built in 1765 on a land grant given by King George III.[2][3] The property is located in Roebuck in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Charles Moore was a school teacher and used the 3,000-acre (12 km2) plantation as a farm. The Moores had ten children, and some of their descendants still live within the area.

The eldest daughter, Margaret Catharine Moore (best known as Kate Barry), served as a scout for General Daniel Morgan during the Battle of Cowpens. Kate Moore Barry is credited with planting the grove of black walnut trees.[4]

Today, the main house has been renovated and preserved. Tours are given throughout the Manor as well as the other houses, including a schoolhouse, a wheat house, and several other structures.

A stain on the floor of the upstairs bedroom in the manor was for a long time believed to be the blood of a patriot named John Steadman, who was killed by Tory forces led by "Bloody" Bill Cunningham. The stain and this story were popular with tourists. As 21st-century research determined the stain was not from human blood, tour guides have been prohibited from attributing it to the Steadman murder.[citation needed]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Fant, Mrs. James W. (May 16, 1970). "Walnut Grove Plantation" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Walnut Grove Plantation, Spartanburg County (E of U.S. Hwy. 921, Roebuck vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Baker, Elaine (Mar 22, 1991). "Communities have colorful backgrounds". Herald-Journal. p. 9. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 

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