City Directories and History: In the mid-1850s, William Gregg, Jr., son of the founder of the Graniteville Company, built a large frame house with a broad veranda on this site. In 1872, the house became Aiken’s first courthouse and jail. William K. Vanderbilt purchased the home in 1914 and named it “Elm Court”. Many famous people visited the Vanderbilts during the 13 years they owned the property. Fire destroyed the original house on January 25, 1970.
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