"Tony Foster Tavern"


The "Tony Foster Tavern"

Anthony Foster Jr., built the "Tony Foster Tavern" or "Cross Roads", as it was known earlier, near Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was built in 1807 and was the home for many years of this branch of the Foster family. The Inn afforded a convenient stopping place for guests who traveled by stage from the North to the South, and also East and West, as it stood at the junction of the Georgia and the Carolina-Charleston Roads. One of the notable guests was John C. Callhoun, who would spent the first night of his journey to Washington here, and generally the last night of his returhn to his home in Pendleton, South Carolina. The room on the upper southeast corner is still known as the John C. Calhoun Room.

This early mansion was built of brick that had been fired in a kiln on the place by slaves. It is of Tudor architecture and is still in good repair. Various families and their descendants have occupied this house down through the years. Among them have been the Fosters, Bobos, Lipscombs, and Lancasters. It is still a private home.

NOTE: Anthony Jr. was a brother to my great-great grandfather, John Foster.

Photo furnished by Garner Shannon.

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