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.