Cross Keys House
int. of Jone's Ford Rd. & Old Buncombe Rd., Cross Keys SC (Union County)
January 20 2005
1812 – 1814
Historic Core Shape:
Number of Stories:
Exterior Walls Materials:
entrance bay only
National Register Determination:
Signficant Architectural Features:
The house has a raised one- portico supported by Tuscan columns. The home has nine-over-nine double hung sash windows, paired chimneys on the side elevations, lintels above the windows, double entry door with transom, and one- ell with enclosed hip porch. 06-24-1971
The Cross Keys House was constructed by Barrum Bobo in 1812. Between each pair of end chimneys, there is a date stone beneath the gable. Carved into one of these stones is the completion date of the house (1814), the original owner's initials (B.B.) and a set of crossed keys, thought to be the insignia of Barrum Bobo who worked at one time as a ship's purser. The house was the center of a large and prosperous plantation located at the intersection of two stagecoach roads. In 1809 a post office was located at the site. Two milestones indicating the distance to Columbia and Union remain in front of the house.
Source of Historical Information:
Catawba Regional Planning Council. Historic Sites Survey, Union County. November 1976. pp. 7-8.