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Walnut Grove Plantation is Open for Public Tours on Saturdays in March

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Walnut Grove Plantation will be open for public tours on Saturdays in March as the historic home in Roebuck ends its annual winter closure on March 3. On each Saturday in March, the site will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guided tours starting hourly until the last tour begins at 4 p.m. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for ages 5-17, and free for ages 4 and under.

Among the first settlers in Upstate South Carolina, Charles and Mary Moore established Walnut Grove Plantation on a 550-acre land grant about 1765. These Scots-Irish immigrants raised ten children in the house they built and lived in for 40 years. Mr. Moore relied on a dozen enslaved African Americans and his own large family to work his sizable farm. During the American Revolution, the Moore family, including eldest daughter Kate Moore Barry, actively supported the Patriot cause and the militia even mustered at the plantation prior to the Battle of Cowpens. Loyalist William “Bloody Bill” Cunningham killed three Patriot soldiers sheltered at Walnut Grove in late 1781.

Operated by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, Walnut Grove offers tours of the site’s 250-year-old buildings while regular programs examine Colonial and Revolutionary Era history and often feature reenactors portraying people of the time. Tours and programs tell stories of the free and enslaved people who settled South Carolina and the rest of Britain’s American colonies, fought for independence, and, in the end, built a new nation.

In addition to public tours and programs in the warmer months, groups of ten or more people from schools, churches, scout troops, senior citizen groups, and other community organizations can schedule, a minimum of 14 days in advance, group tours and living history activities year-round, even during the site’s annual winter closure. Schools may schedule activities both on-site and in-school.

For more information about Walnut Grove Plantation’s operating hours, admission fees, program line-up, group visit opportunities, etc., email or call 864-576-6546, Tuesday-Saturday.

More information is also available at the Historical Association’s website at, “Like” us on Facebook at, “Follow” us on Twitter at, or see photos from our programs and events on Flickr at

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