“A classic Upcountry S.C. farmhouse of handsome proportions.”
9 Church Street
City Directories and History: The Brownlee – Kennedy home is one of the oldest in Due West and began as a simple log dwelling.
(ca. 1800): Two-story, rectangular,weather boarded house with gable roof. Recessed,two-story porch is supported by six stuccoed pillars. Central single doorway has sidelights with a decorative surround and comer blocks. Second story has a central, single entrance doorway with sidelights opening onto a small cantilever balcony with a decorative railing, modeled after the “Lindsay style.” *** (This style appears to have been one adopted by local contractor – James Lindsay in the mid 19th century. Mr. Lindsay was recorded as a farmer-contractor in the census of 1850, age 47. The porch style was also very popular with Laurens Co., contractor Mr. Badgett, most likely having come from a popular pattern book on house styles.)
Mrs. Prather has recently purchased, for $3,500, the large residence of Prof. J. P. Kennedy which is now occupied by Capt. Jas. T. Liddell as a boarding house, and contemplates, we learn various alterations and improvements. The old house once known as the Norton house, now owned by Mrs. Reed has been rolled to the rear, and in front a beautiful two-story dwelling has been built in its stead. (Information from Abbeville Press and Banner, October 26, 1871, W. A. Lee, Editor)
This house is believed to have been extensively altered in the mid 1800s giving it the style that it has today. (SCDAH)
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