According the Betty Jo Lawson, a local historian in the Cross Keys community, the story of how Cross Anchor got its name is somewhat a legend passed down through the family.
The story goes that two British sailors, who were brothers, docked in Charleston Harbor. They decided to travel inland. They found a place in the Piedmont region of South Carolina that one of the brothers liked. He held the keys to the ship, so he decided on the name Cross Keys. The brother, who was the captain of the ship, went about 5 miles and decided to name that area Cross Anchor.
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Story edited by: Charles Dymock