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Walnut Grove Plantation, Roebuck

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Walnut Grove Plantation, the home of Charles and Mary Moore, was built in 1765 on a land grant given by King George III. The property is located in Roebuck in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Charles Moore was a school teacher and used the 3,000-acre (12 km2) plantation as a farm. The Moores had ten children, and some of their descendants still live within the area.

The eldest daughter, Margaret Catharine Moore (best known as Kate Barry), served as a scout for General Daniel Morgan during the Battle of Cowpens. Kate Moore Barry is credited with planting the grove of black walnut trees.
Today, the main house has been renovated and preserved. Tours are given throughout the Manor as well as the other houses, including a schoolhouse, a wheat house, and several other structures.

A stain on the floor of the upstairs bedroom in the manor was for a long time believed to be the blood of a patriot named John Steadman, who was killed by Tory forces led by "Bloody" Bill Cunningham. The stain and this story were popular with tourists. As 21st-century research determined the stain was not from human blood, tour guides have been prohibited from attributing it to the Steadman murder.
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  • This is a fascinating place to stroll with the kids on a weekend. Nice combination of local history, family time and exercise all at the same time. Close to the highway. Get off 26 at 221 and follow.....  more
    This is a fascinating place to stroll with the kids on a weekend. Nice combination of local history, family time and exercise all at the same time. Close to the highway. Get off 26 at 221 and follow.....  more »
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  • We plan to take our oldest grandchildren to this event in the Fall. We love all the history that’s in this area. It seems all the folks that live in this area never move out! It must be the water!
  • The main house is currently under construction but you can still tour the inside. The grounds and outbuildings are interesting too. My favorite part was the cemetery.

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