Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Michael Gaffney Home

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Location: at the intersection of N. Limestone Street (South Carolina Route 150) and W. Meadow Street Gaffney, South Carolina
County: Cherokee
Coordinates: N 35° 04.430    W 081° 38.908
  35.073833    -81.648467
Style: Free Standing **


Michael Gaffney was born in Granard Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1797. After a short period in New York, he set sail for Charleston, South Carolina. He departed Charleston for the upstate and arrived at Smith´s Ford on the Broad River on December 17, 1800. There he met and married Mary "Polly" Smith, daughter of John Smith on July 21, 1803.

Gaffney purchased 805 acres of land from John McKie on January 20, 1804 for $600.00. He then constructed this home, store and trading post at the corner of present day N.Granard Street and Baker Boulevard. This intersection was a Native American trail and wagon road. It became known as Gaffney´s Crossroads later Gaffney Old Field.

Michael and Polly´s first child was born June 1, 1804, most likely in this log home.

This hand hewed log home is donated to the City of Gaffney by the Gaffney Bicentennial Commission and Committees on this day June 23, 2006.

Erected by Gaffney Bicentennial Commission and Committees - 2006