The Battle of Wofford’s Iron Works (8 of 8)

Image Credit: Kentucky Historical Society

Portrait of Colonel Isaac Shelby

Driving Instructions 

Sign: 103 Emma Cudd Road, Spartanburg Sign GPS: 34.941767, -81.840133 Near Palmetto Trail: palmettoconservation.org
and Glendale Outdoor Leadership School: setgols.org

Directions from 7 to 8 (~2 miles)

  • Continue on Dogwood Club Rd past Old Petrie Rd
  • Bear right to cross Hwy 9/Hwy 176 (Pine St) to stay on Dogwood Rd
  • (Dogwood Rd jogs across through the left turn lane of Pine St)
  • Turn left onto Dogwood Club Rd
  • Turn left onto Whitestone Glendale Rd
  • Take 2nd right onto Emma Cudd Rd
  • Sign #8 is on the left

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Location Information 

The Battle of Wofford’s Iron Works

The engagement at Wofford’s Iron Works was part of a running battle begun at the Battle of the Peach Trees by British Major Ferguson with Colonel Elijah Clarke and Colonel Isaac Shelby.

Colonel Isaac Shelby was a veteran of many battles in the South during the Revolution, including Peach Trees, Wofford’s Iron Works, Musgrove’s Mill and King’s Mountain. After the war he became the first Governor of Kentucky.

103 Emma Cudd Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29302

More History 

The Wofford Family

In the decades preceding the American Revolution, five brothers – William, James, John, Benjamin and Joseph Wofford – migrated from Maryland to settle on land near the Tyger River in what later became Spartanburg. These brothers contributed much to the cause of independence and their family name is still recognizable in Spartanburg today.

William Wofford established Wofford's Iron Works on Lawson's Fork Creek in 1773. William took an active role in the Revolution, joining the Spartan Regiment and taking part in much of the regiment's early action. By 1780, William had sold his interest in the iron works and moved to North Carolina. The iron works was the site of a battle in 1780 and was destroyed by William "Bloody Bill" Cunningham in 1781.

James Wofford settled in the area that became Woodruff in southern Spartanburg County. Though there isn't as much detail about his life as about the lives of William and Joseph, it does appear that he was a staunch supporter of independence. The same can be said of John and Benjamin Wofford.

Joseph Wofford may have left the most lasting legacy on Spartanburg. He served in the Spartan Regiment and took part in many of their actions prior to the surrender of Charleston to the British in May 1780. Later that year, his wife gave birth to a son named Benjamin. Benjamin Wofford established Wofford College which still provides higher education in the City of Spartanburg.

In the 21st century, the Wofford family past and present met again in Glendale, a former textile village, when Wofford College established the Goodall Environmental Studies Center as the hub of its environmental studies program. Glendale is located on the banks of Lawson's Fork Creek, very close to William Wofford's iron works location.

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