“Camden’s Jewish populace thrived and contributed significantly to the cultural community.”
City Directories and History: 1913 – B.H. Baum, 1925 – B.H. Baum, 1941 – Henry Savage Jr., 1964 – Greenleaf Villa, Eugene L. McDuffie, Samuel Flake House
Greenleaf Villa – The Greenleaf Inn was built by Samuel Flake about 1815. It is the only surviving Charleston-style “double house” in (Camden, and the only house with a Dutch-style gable roof on the street side. Delicately fluted free standing wooden columns rise from the ground floor to the top of the second story piazza. Carpenter’s lace ornaments the roof at the front and sides. This beautiful old building has been meticulously restored, and now houses offices. [Courtesy of the Camden Tour Book]
This outstanding structure was recorded as part of the Historic America Building Survey project in 1960.
Informative links: Camden’s Jewish Community
The home of the former family, the birthplace of Bernard Baruch, as operated by J. W. T. Lesure as the Ivy Lodge Inn. Through most of the decade Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Harry (“Miss Minnie”) Baum kept boarders and lodgers at the other home, a distinctive one known simply as “the Baum place.” After it was sold to the New York decorator Ruth Richards in 1927, it was operated as the Greenleaf Villa, an antique shop and tearoom, and two years later it advertised for guests again. Both homes faced south, had side entrances to the street, and featured lovely landscaped gardens. The architectural features often described as “Charleston style” were typical of the homes constructed in that part of town.” (Information courtesy of A History of Kershaw County, S.C. by Joan A. Inabinet and L. Glenn Inabinet, 2001 – The Un. of S.C. Press)
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