Category Archives: This and That

Mary Musgrove, Spy

Near the ford (crossing) on the Elloree river that was the scene of a US Revolutionary War battle we found this old stone marker.

Mary Musgrove
Mary Musgrove

Research says she was the wife of the Mill owner and kept the patriot militia informed as to when, and where, the loyalists and British troops were watching the fords.

Mary Musgrove
Mary Musgrove

Not far from here several hundred militia clashed.

Local historians have provided me with numerous links to information and I have come to two conclusions.

  1. All involved were particularly brutal. It was truly the US first civil war. Families and neighbors fought and killed each other…and there were no rules.
  2. The second is that no one had a clue as to what they wanted, or what was happening. Everybody would just stop and go home if they didn’t get what they wanted.

 

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

While out exploring new places in the South Carolina area we made a stop at the Clemson University gardens.

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)
Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

Much of the flowers have gone by, but there were still enough to draw in Butterfly’s.

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)
Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

A rain shower, and it being the end of the day, limited what we could see, but these images (a few more to finish) give an idea of what was there.

Butterfly, In A Garden (1)
Butterfly, In A Garden (1)

Cross Keys Plantation House

This is another example of what you can find when out exploring. The Cross Keys House.

Cross Keys Plantation House
Cross Keys Plantation House

This is the plantation house in Cross Keys, South Carolina. It is named for the carved inscription on either chimney, with the building date of 1814.

Cross Keys Plantation House
Cross Keys Plantation House

During the US Civil War after the fall of Richmond VA, the Confederate capital, Jefferson Davis (president CSA) and his cabinet rest here while heading further south.

Cross Keys Plantation House
Cross Keys Plantation House

We found this site by accident. A quick ‘U turn’ brought us right back to photograph the building. There was no entrance allowed and it was locked.

Cross Keys Plantation House
Cross Keys Plantation House

The Cross Keys House is listed on the US national register of historical sites.