SC History Trail

Jacob Kelley House Museum

Located near Hartsville in the Kelley Town community, the Jacob Kelly House Museum is a classic example of a progressively-developed 19th century Southern country home. Decorated with period furnishings, it was also the temporary headquarters of a Northern officer on the infamous Sherman's March during the Civil War.


Jacob Kelley House Museum
2585 Kellytown Road, Hartsville, SC 29551
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Phone: 888-427-8720
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Site Description
The Jacob Kelly House was the temporary headquarters for a Northern officer when General William T. Sherman's Federal army passed through the region during the Civil War. General John E. Smith, commander of General Sherman's XV Army Corps, commandeered the Jacob Kelley House during the infamous Sherman's March which devastated much of South Carolina in 1865.

In 1830, long before the Civil War, the house was built as a log cabin by Jacob Kelley (1780-1874), a prominent local farmer/planter and founder of the nearby community of Kelley Town. Typical of many plantation homes in the Pee Dee backcountry, it was improved generation after generation until it reached its existing style - a handsome, two-story 19th century country home.

Furnished in 19th century style, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the site of various historical events, including an annual Civil War reenactment.
Access and Admission
Access Description: Open Mar-Dec 3-5pm or by appt/Memorial Service 1st Sun of May/Holiday Tours 1st Sun Dec
Admission: Free
Historic Registry: National Register: Listed May 6, 1971