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Cedar Grove Plantation, built in 1831 by James G. Torrance

 Item — Box: 1 [F09.157.03.05]


  • 1966

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Built of brick made on Cedar Grove Plantation, the mansion is located three miles west of Huntersville on Gilead Road. It was built in 1831 by an early Mecklenburg merchant-planter, James G. Torrance. The brick walls are 22 inches thick at their base. The first-floor ceilings have with elaborate plaster moldings and are 13 feet high. There is a central spiral staircase with walnut bannisters and curved walnut rail rising to the third floor. The 10-room house has a windowed basement and a hallway on each floor. Stepped brick shoulders are capped by chimneys at each end of the house and flues inside the walls lead to the nine fireplaces. Tradition holds that the owner had 60 slaves working on his 2,200 acre plantation. He continued to operate the water-powered grist mill that his father, Hugh Torrance, had built. There was also a general merchandise store just east of the garden and cotton was taken as payment (at four cents a pound) to be sold in Charleston. Torrance's widow, Margaret Allison Torrrance, managed Cedar Grove after her husband's death in 1848, until their two sons grew to manhood. Both sons, John and Richard, fought for the Confederacy. Richard held on to Cedar Grove during the Reconstruction period and was a tax collector for Mecklenburg County.


From the Collection: 0.25 Linear Feet


From the Collection: English


Copies of a black and white drawing by Al Fincher.


Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte 28223 United Stated