City Directories and History: (Crutchfield House) The Dantzler House is the oldest standing residence in St. Matthews. It is an excellent representative of Southern antebellum summerhouse construction and has been admirably adapted as a permanent residence. This one-story raised cottage with truncated, hipped roof was
constructed ca.1850 as a seasonal residence for the Jacob M. Dantzler family of Orangeburg County. As originally built, the house was rectangular with identical side facades. The original cypress shingle roof has been covered with galvanized metal. The house sits seven feet above ground upon brick pilings with lattice framework between the supports. The northern f
açade has wooden steps leading to a piazza with flat roof supported by six square paneled columns. In 1852 Olin Miller Dantzler, son of Jacob Dantzler, married and moved into this summerhouse as his permanent residence. Though a planter by profession in the Orangeburg district, Olin Dantzler served his state and country both politically and militarily. As a member of the South Carolina Senate in 1858, Dantzler tried to convince his fellow legislators that peaceful compromise was better than a military confrontation between the North and South. He offered several compromise proposals, but eventually joined the Confederate forces, though he was strongly opposed to the war. Several outbuildings, including a barn, several sheds, visitors’ cottage and a pigeon house are included on the acreage. Listed in the National Register March 30, 1973. (Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
“Dantzler, Hon. Olin Miller of St. Matthews. Born 1826 (S.C.); married July 10, 1850, Caroline Anna Glover (Dec. 24, 1829-Oct. 17, 1864); died June 2, 1864. Education: Randolph-Macon College, A.B., 1846. Church: Methodist. Public Service: Delegate to Southern Rights Convention, 1852; State Representative; State Senator. Other: One publication. Slaves: 101 (St. Matthew’s Parish, Orangeburg District).”
The Last Foray, C. Gaston Davidson, SC Press – 1971
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