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Rock House – Greenwood, South Carolina


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This page is temporarily under construction – 10.31.13/11.01.13. In the meantime, you can learn more about Rock House here in this excellent article.

Legends surrounding the silent and solitary Rock House run as thick as the woods around it. Located deep in the shadows of Rock House Road in rural Greenwood County, the fireproof building was constructed entirely from stone, concrete, glass, and steel. The now crumbling fortress is accessible only by foot, and no one has ever lived inside its walls.

Rock House

Blake Lewis of Greenwood, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Although it stands on private property, its mystery and ominous edifice seem to invite intruders. Vandalism and theft have ravaged the home. Its walls are covered in graffiti, and its once graceful interior has been torn apart. The circular iron staircase was stolen years ago, and visitors are now greeted by a gaping hole in the ceiling. Daredevils unwilling to be thwarted reach the second and third floors by climbing the walls. Shreds of paneling and shards of tile lie in dust on the floor.

Local lore claims its builder once lost his family in a fire, or that the owner’s wife died inside the home so he could not bear to stay. The real story of Rock House, however, is as interesting as either of these tales.

Rock House Info


Address: Rock House Road, Greenwood, SC 29464

Rock House Map



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2 Comments about Rock House

AnonymousNo Gravatar says:
August 30th, 2014 at 11:44 pm

Actually, the family – which the house belongs to – took the staircase down to avoid it being vandalized. And most people use ladders to climb to the second floor. While this house is neat with its mystery, it’s not that impressive to look at (anymore). I wish I could have seen it in all its glory. And, most likely, it’s not haunted. My dad spent the night in it once with his friends and they saw nothing.

Another thing: Tolbert (the original builder) built it in 1922 because his house had burned down. He built it out of rock so it could be fireproof. He died because of years of drinking eggnog (the alcohol in it killed him) or so I’ve heard.

EGNNo Gravatar says:
December 29th, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Is it true that the Rock House was haunted?

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