“An extraordinary example of the decorative elements offered to early 19th century homeowners….”
City Directories and History: Another incredible piece of early 19th century architecture attributed to Robert Gibson. In 1833, Gibson sold the property to William James Strong of Chester County, SC. In 1837, the farm consisted of some 620 acres and was sold once again to John Johnson.
Once a handsome home of outstanding artisan-ship and proportions, this dwelling features some of the best materials, fashion, and workmanship available during the era of construction. Dating this house is difficult but it appears to have been constructed in the period between 1815-1830. It was a well designed and constructed example of South Carolina’s I-House style featuring an elevated foundation, massive brick chimneys, wide front porch, cut granite steps, exterior wainscoting, painted surfaces, riser hinges, paneled doors and more. The ceiling height on the first floor and the use of interior transoms add to this outstanding example of local architecture.
Adjacent landowners to the tract of 150 acres originally sold to W.J. Strong in 1833 were Samuel Stirling, Samuel Mills, Samuel Boyd, Henry Banks, and John Banks. A mid 20th century occupant were members of the McGarity family.
*** The address is approximate. This home is dangerous to access and once again, R&R urges all parties to just admire the accompanying images – no trespassing.
A special thanks to Tom Mayhugh for his research assistance: Heritage Map of the Hopewell Community
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