It is funny how sometimes the journey can be more rewarding than the destination. That is the case with Cross Keys Plantation. I had no intention of seeking this charming location out while traveling
through Union County. It is a reticent sort of place that doesn’t seem to be spoken about or mentioned often enough.
I can’t say as to what the inside of the main house is like. I have never had the pleasure of visiting while it was available for touring. It is unfortunate that it isn’t open daily, but you can catch a tour on Saturdays if you like. That is something I hope to do soon enough myself. While I did miss out on a proper tour, I didn’t miss out on a thorough history lesson.
As I was photographing the house a local pulled over and waved me down. It seems that many of the people who live in the area take great pride in Cross Keys. I was made to listen to the full history of the house regardless of whether I wished to or not. So luckily enough I was able to find out a great deal about this beautiful and historic site.
For starters, the location isn’t where it originally stood. It was relocated at some point and several of the outbuildings are from different plantations. The plant
ation was named by someone with the last name of Bobo. I had to suppress a good chuckle when they said that. The most important thing that I was told was that the Confederate President Jefferson Davis ate lunch at the house. He was on his way to Richmond, Virginia and had needed a place for the evening. The interesting part was that he didn’t bother to mention who he was until departing in the morning.
I like that part of the story even if it is an embellishment. You never know who will come knocking on the door and it is always a good idea to show whoever it is much kindness. You never know, it could even be the president himself.This is a lovely place and one of the oldest and most significant plantations in the upstate. I strongly suggest visiting whenever you get the opportunity or on Saturday for a tour of the house.
Location: 163 Old Buncombe Rd, Union, SC 29379