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The two RV Gypsies hiked at
Anne Springs Close Greenway - Dairy Barn Entrance
288 Dairy Barn Lane
Fort Mill SC 29715
May 18, 2020

Dairy Barn entrance Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn entrance Anne Springs Close Greenway

Below: Four different views of above The Dairy Barn.

The Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway The Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway

The Dairy Barn was built in 1947 and has been renovated to provide a warm and enchanting venue for indoor/outdoor wedding ceremonies, receptions, corporate retreats, company picnics and more. In all seasons and weather, the Dairy Barn is a strikingly beautiful setting for any event. It accommodates 340 guests standing and 280 guests seated inside. There is also an outdoor patio area that can be tented and will accommodate an additional 200 people seated. The Upstairs loft accommodates up to 300 people seated for ceremonies and is handicap accessible.

Quote from: https://www.ascgreenway.org/about/venues/dairy-barn/ - where more information can be obtained.

The Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway The Dairy Barn at Anne Springs Close Greenway

Below: Windmill by The Dairy Barn

Windmill by The Dairy Barn Windmill by The Dairy Barn

Below: The two RV Gypsies walked down the path near the Dairy Barn and saw several inspirational messages from The Fort Mill Rotary Club.

The Fort Mill Rotary Club Rock inspirational message from The Fort Mill Rotary Club
inspirational  message from The Fort Mill Rotary Club inspirational message from The Fort Mill Rotary Club
inspirational  message from The Fort Mill Rotary Club

Below: The beginning of the trail

Below: Restrooms

trail at Anne Springs Close Greenway restrooms

From the Dairy Barn entrance, the two RV Gypsies took the short, half-mile, paved Historic Solid Surface Loop trail from the parking area to an overlook of Steele Creek pass an amphitheater, a couple of historic cabins and some farm animals.

sign listing for Friends of the Anne Springs Close Greenway trail path

Ga Ga Pit

 
Ga Ga Pit airplane

Below: The Comporium Amphitheater can house a wide variety of events including weddings, field trips, and concerts. The site takes advantage of the natural canopy comprised of Douglas Fir timbers and natural Tennessee fieldstone.

Comporium Amphitheater sign
Comporium Amphitheater

historyBelow: The Greenway is home to two historic cabins. The two RV Gypsies explored one of the cabins, plus the Faires Coltharp Cabin, which was the home of two Civil War Veterans. One died during the war and the other returned home.

This cabin was originally built by Jesse Faires in about 1814 about three miles from this location. The cabin was moved to this spot in 1994.

Jesse's parents, Alexander and Jennet Faires, traveled here on horseback on the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road or Nation Ford Road from Pennsylvania in 1776.

Jesse's son, John, marched off to the Civil War from this cabin and died in Virginia, leaving his wife Esther Jane. After the war, Jane married a neighbor, Josiah Coltharp, who had walked to the Nation Ford Road home from the Confederate surrender at Appomatox.

Faires-Coltharp Cabin Faires-Coltharp Cabin
Faires-Coltharp Cabin Faires-Coltharp Cabin sign

Below: From the front door of the Faires Coltharp Cabin, the two RV Gypsies saw a portion of the Nation Ford Road just a few hundred feet away, plus a sign for the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road which was the most important frontier road in the state's western Piedmont during the eighteenth century.

Nation Ford Gap sign The Great Philadelphia Wagon Road map
horse horses at Anne Springs Close Greenway
horses at Anne Springs Close Greenway horse at Anne Springs Close Greenway
horses at Anne Springs Close Greenway horses at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Billy Graham's Grandfather's House sign
tiller

Below: This log house was the ancestral home of the world's most famous evangelist, Billy Graham. It was the home of his grandfather, W. Crook Graham, a well-known Fort Mill citizen and Confederate veteran.

In his autobiography, Just As I Am, Billy Graham describes his grandfather, William Crook Graham, as "a hard-drinking, hard-cursing veteran whose service with the Sixth South Carolina Volunteers left him with a Yankee bullet in his leg for the rest of his life." But he was an honest man. Billy Graham continues: "His eleven children all grew up to be deeply religious, and a number of his grandchildren became preachers -- I being the first."

Billy's great-uncle, Robert Graham, also a Confederate veteran who lost his leg in the war, earned the name "Peg-Leg" Graham. He was known in this area as a colorful character.

This log house, built around 1780 from American Chestnut trees, was moved to the Greenway in 1999 from its original location on Highway 160 about two miles from here. It was lived in with many modifications for about 200 years.

Above quote from https://readtheplaque.com/plaque/billy-graham-s-grandfather-s-house

Billy Graham's Grandfather's House Billy Graham's Grandfather's House

Steele Creek flows through the Greenway. The Swinging Bridge crosses where Lord Cornwallis brought his troops across on his way south from Charlotte. Below: Steele Creek flows through the Greenway, but it was hard for the two RV Gypsies to get any good photographs on this date.

Steele Creek sign Steele Creek
Steele Creek Steele Creek
tree tree
trees hiking trail
hiking trail Earth Day Tree sign

The two RV Gypsies walked on a gently swaying bridge secured in place by ropes with a slat floor making it easy to see the water running beneath. The 125-foot bridge is a highlight of the Greenway, and although it sways quite a bit, it is not very high above the ground. The two RV Gypsies have been on 18 other suspension bridges (so far) throughout the USA and Canada, most longer and higher than this one.

swinging Bridge sign swinging Bridge
swinging Bridge swinging Bridge
swinging Bridge sign
Karen Duquette on the swinging Bridge Karen Duquette on the swinging Bridge

Below: The two RV Gypsies on the Swinging Bridge

Karen Duquette on the swinging Bridge Lee Duquette on the swinging Bridge
Lee Duquette on the swinging Bridge
swinging bridge swinging bridge

Below: Views of Steele Creek from each side of the Swinging Bridge

Views from each side of the Swinging Bridge Views from each side of the Swinging Bridge
Views from each side of the Swinging Bridge Views from each side of the Swinging Bridge
horses passing by the Swinging Bridge
water tree shapes

Below: The donkeys were too far away for the two RV Gypsies to get a good photo.

Donkey sign Donkey Butts
bird bird
Carolina Thread Traial sign

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