Robert Scruggs House – SC

This cabin housed Mr. and Mrs Robert Scruggs and their eleven children.

In 1828 rocks were often use as the foundation – just like what was done for this cabin. Today many cabins that have foundations like this are still being used!

Notice the door on the stairway. I wonder if the purpose is to keep the heat from the kitchen from going up to sleeping loft.

House before restoration. Photo by: NPS taken in 1928

According to the National Park Service’s brochure this cabin was typical of those who settled in rural areas, during the 1800, of the Carolinas. The house is located in Gaffney, South Carolina near the Cowpen’s Battle field. These settlers are often referred to as “Yoemen” meaning rural middle class.

This particular cabin was owned by Robert Scruggs and his wife, Catherine Connel. Scruggs built the cabin on the 200 acres he received from his father when they married. The couple raised, cattle, horses, hogs, chickens, as well as farmed the land.

Over the years they added on to the original cabin. It amazes me that they raised 11 children in that cabin, even with the additions.

Scruggs family home was purchased from their grand daughter in the mid 1970’s by the National Park Service. It was then restored, removing the additions that were made over the years.


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Grandee… that’s me Family is first and foremost to me. My husband and I are blessed with two children and their wonderful spouses who have given us five wonderful grand children. Hence my name “Grandee”… given to me by our daughter's first child.
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