The Seay House
The Seay House
The Seay House is the oldest house in Spartanburg. It began as a one room cabin with a loft and root cellar. This was a typical house for the area in the early 18th century. About 1850, the house had three rooms added on. This is a great example of a small rural farmhouse that had existed here prior to the development of Spartanburg into a city.
The house is set up to display how life was for the three spinster Seay sisters that lived here in the late 19th century. They ran the farm and grew everything that was needed for their survival, even though the town was developing and the mills were running in the area at this time. They grew cotton for their clothing. The spinning wheel, chair, and 'cotton cards' that the sisters used are displayed in the house. The sisters were also know to have a large flower garden with just about every variety of flower they could find. They also had a large vegetable garden to grow all the vegetables they would need. However, as one of their ancestors has told, they never grew broccoli because they just didn't like it!
The house is still in restoration and only opened one day a month and by appointment.
The Seay House was pretty cool. We couldn't go underneath to the cellar because it was the time of year that the snakes go underneath the house. There was an old tiny stroller that was used for a baby doll. But it could have been used for the real thing. I'm not sure. There was an old chest that looked like something you would find on a pirate ship. In the garden the people who lived there never grew broccoli. Why? Simply because they didn't like it. I don't either.
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