511 Caldwell Road
City Directories and History: This fine late 19th century farm house (only in appearance), is extremely similar to the McGill and Buice houses in the general area of Western York County and Eastern Cherokee counties. Not only does the house present a wonderful view of a prosperous farmstead of the late 19th century period but the outbuildings are of outstanding quality and historic interest – importance. This house differs significantly from other houses eastward of the Kings Creek area and may reflect a far stronger connection with the greater Appalachian area, of which Cherokee Co., S.C. is geographically related.
The Caldwell House offers construction features that predate the architectural elements of the main house. It is possible the house itself has been remodeled to take on a more modern appearance but dates to an earlier era? The main two story section is architecturally considered a simple Carolina “I” House style with Queen Anne porches added.
R&R Note: In Oct. 2017, R&R was invited, along with local historians Melvin and Janet Ware, to tour the Caldwell Home by the current owners. This was the first time R&R had gained access to “superficially” examine the home and foundations. What was uncovered, was that the structure, indeed dates to the 1840-50 period, showing ample architectural and technological footprints predating the 1880’s outward appearance of the home. These included: door hardware, rock “scribed” chimney foundation, end chimney placement, use of Empire style doors, sash sawn floor joists, wide hand-planed baseboards, and a unique hand-made paneled and pilastered parlor mantel.
Perhaps the earliest remaining feature of the old home, was an early Board and Batten style door, which the new owners cut in half, using it now as a Dutch door. This handsome dwelling clearly had late 19th century re-modelings to add the front porches and install a later 19th century staircase. R&R hopes members of the Caldwell Family will help provide images and documents associated with the dwelling to further pinpoint dates and family histories associated with this remarkable home.
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