The Cross Keys Plantation

  The Cross Keys Plantation  
Last updated on February 5, 2019 at 7:22:39 AM
Welcome to the Cross Keys Plantation

163 Old Buncombe Road
Union, SC  29379

(adjacent to Hwy 49

Open April 1st (Closed for winter December 1-April 1) Special tours can be given with prior arrangements) call 864-429-5081

Opens first and third Saturdays.  Hours are 12pm-5pm. Tours operate on the hours of 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30.  Tours begin each hour on the front porch of the house.

Admission:  $5.00 per person.  Children 5 years and under are free.

Buildings open for tour typically include the 1814 plantation house, antebellum log cabin, blacksmith shop, barn & carriage house.  We are glad to announce the addition of the colonial kitchen building, smoke house and visitor facilities building.

Built from 1812 to 1814 by Barrum (Barham) Bobo in the Georgian Colonial style, the Cross Keys House is one of the oldest and most significant homes in Union County and the entire Upstate of South Carolina.  The house was majestically located on a knoll at the intersection of two historic roads; the Old Buncombe Road (or Charleston Road) and Old Ninety-Six (also known as the Old Piedmont Stage Road).  Two old milestones indicating the distances to Union and Columbia remain in front of the house.  The house was a prosperous plantation that also provided a welcome stop for travelers.

Visitor's Guidelines:
  • Visitors are not allowed on the site after hours.
  • No photography is permitted inside the buildings.
  • Professional photographers must contact the Union County Museum for approval and information regarding site restrictions and fees.
  • Special events:  please contact the Union County Museum at (864)429-5081.
  • Bathroom facilities (handicap accessible)  are available during operational hours.

Cross Keys Living History Event

The Cross Keys Living History event takes place annually during the last weekend in April.  The next event is slotted to take place on April 27th -28th 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Union County Historical Society presents the reenactment of President Jefferson Davis' stop at the Cross Keys house followed by a live military skirmish. It is free to the public. Bring the family out for a taste of the past. Food & other vendors will be on site.

Reenactors:   If you have a unit that would like to come to this event as a reenector or volunteer, you must contact Dennis Crocker. You also must register and be approved before setting up camp.  New food and gift vendors must also register prior to the event.  Please contact Dennis for further information or call The Union County Museum at 864-429-5081.

Contact :  Dennis Crocker  864-441-4600  or