City Directories and History: 1908 – J.J. Hardin, 1940 – Cora Hardin, 1958 – Lola Hardin, Elizabeth H. White 1978 – Elizabeth H. White
Another house among the records of which the name Gunning appears is the Hardin house at 152 Center Street. The earliest records I could find state that Jacob W. Payne in January, 1842, bought for $350., for John D. Carroll the house and three acre lot that he had bought from Mrs. Permelia Gunning. In October, 1842, Mr. Payne sold the property to Mrs. Charlotte Zubley Mills. Mrs. Hood, in 1907 during a long period of lameness, wrote a most readable history of her family and their friends. She describes her grandmother’s house as a “queer little cottage with a front piazza that runs back far into the house and an upstairs room that juts out over the piazza. You enter a good sized room which has an old fashioned winding staircase which is hid from view by a door that is opened when anyone wants to go into the big rooms that has never had a ceiling overhead. The house was has a big back porch and it is altogether a very odd looking house with its big old fashioned chimney running up the middle.”
The place is quite different now. Those living there are four sisters who happily named the home “The Aunt Hill.” The two front doors open on the front piazza as of old, but rooms have been added wherever symmetry or convenience suggested. The bright rooms, made charming by potted plants and memorizes and years of gracious living make glad the heart of those privileged to enter the home. Several families have owned the house since the days of Charlotte Mills, but the home found a resting place when it was bought by the family of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Hardin on January 25, 1901 (1895). Old Homes of Chester, SC by Mrs. John G. White
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