South Carolina Department of Archives and History
National Register Properties in South Carolina

Bush House, Spartanburg County (3960 New Cut Rd., Inman vicinity)
S1081774205101 S1081774205102 S1081774205103 S1081774205104 S1081774205105
Right Oblique
Right Oblique Left Oblique Left Elevation Rear Elevation
S1081774205106 S1081774205107 S1081774205108 S1081774205109 S1081774205110
Right Rear
ca. 1830 Hall and
Parlor Structure
Right Rear
ca. 1850 I-House
Right Elevation Main Entrance Interior
Main Entrance
S1081774205111 S1081774205112 S1081774205113 S1081774205114 S1081774205115
Central Hall
Living Room
Kitchen Mantel
S1081774205116 S1081774205117      
Facade, 1895 Rear Porch, 1904

(Bush Homeplace) The Bush House is an excellent example of an upcountry antebellum farmhouse that was enlarged to meet the changing needs of a prominent Spartanburg County family. The architecture and construction of the house is representative of an adaptable and expandable type of residence that was popular with rural homeowners during the nineteenth century. The characteristics of the original ca. 1830 hall-and-parlor structure are still evident with the two unequal rooms that served multiple functions and the exterior end chimney. The house was enlarged ca. 1850 on one end and in a perpendicular fashion to include a two-story I-House by the mid-nineteenth century as the family expanded. The transformation of the hall-and-parlor house to a modified I-House is architecturally significant as an example of two architectural forms that were once prevalent in the rural upcountry. The Bush House has been continuously in the ownership of the Bush family or its descendants since ca. 1830. Story Bush and her three sons began working a farm that would eventually become one of Spartanburg County’s most significant farms in the nineteenth century, with approximately 1,115 acres under the ownership of her descendants. In addition to the main house, one historic outbuilding–a smokehouse–is extant. Listed in the National Register October 21, 2003.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property.

Most National Register properties are privately owned and are not open to the public. The privacy of owners should be respected. Not all properties retain the same integrity as when originally documented and listed in the National Register due to changes and modifications over time.

Images and texts on these pages are intended for research or educational use. Please read our statement on use and reproduction for further information on how to obtain a photocopy or how to cite an item.

Images provided by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.