Foster’s Tavern – Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Located in Spartanburg, Foster’s Tavern is one of the most well-known landmarks in South Carolina‘s upcountry. This historic tavern sits at the intersection of the old Pickneyville and Georgia roads, two well-known stagecoach routes, and was frequented by many prominent travelers including John C. Calhoun and Bishop Francis Asbury.

Foster's Tavern

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The tavern was built by Anthony Foster, Jr. and is the oldest brick home in Spartanburg County. Construction began in 1801 and was not completed until 1808. The bricks were painstakingly hand-made from local clay that was placed in wooden molds, sun-dried, and then baked in kilns.

Foster’s Tavern was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 18, 1970.

SCIWAY thanks Ann Helms for submitting this photo.

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4 Comments about Foster’s Tavern

CibbyNo Gravatar says:
April 22nd, 2015 at 8:52 pm

In 1949 (or 1950) Dr. Lancaster was living in the house with his family. His son “Sammy” was a classmate of mine from kindergarten through Emory University. When the good doctor passed away suddenly, his wife could no longer maintain the house, and she moved into a smaller dwelling on the grounds. (This is from memory, so absolute accuracy is not guaranteed.)

I am glad to see it being preserved so well, as I drive past it often.

Anthony Foster says:
October 26th, 2014 at 7:27 am

Can’t say my Jr. did it, but it does have our name upon it…

Micah RevisNo Gravatar says:
January 6th, 2014 at 10:40 am

My great-grandparents owned the general store that was across the street for many years. My Grandmother tells me stories of taking piano lessons in your home. I would really love to bring my Grandmother there for a tour if you would allow us. I have lived in Spartanburg my whole life and have many funny stories of passing the “creepy house”.

Foster H. YarboroughNo Gravatar says:
July 25th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

My great-grandmother, Charlotte Thomasine Foster Yarborough, was born in this house on May 8th, 1853. I am a direct descendant of Anthony Foster, who built the house and owned the plantation on which it stands. Many of my ancestors are buried in the cemetery on the grounds near the mansion.


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