John Blue House
This impressive house was built by farmer and inventor John Blue in 1895. A native of Scotland, Blue designed the house in the Steamboat Gothic style. It features ornate exterior woodwork, twelve exterior doors, nine fireplaces, and circular porches on the first and second floors. Several other structures are at the site as well including log cabins, a sawmill, a restored country store. There is also a restored cotton gin and a mini railroad train. The museum hosts a few festivals during the year: the Storytelling Festival of Carolina, the Scotland County Highland Games and the John Blue Cotton Festival.
Backstory and Context
The Blue family bought the land in the 1830s. John Blue invented agricultural machines that helped revolutionize the cotton industry. The two most notable were the Rex Guero Fertilizer and the John Blue Cotton Planter.