City Directories and History: Lydia Plantation, ca. 1840 and constructed in ca. 1910 — is significant as an intact architectural collection of mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century historic farmstead resources that reflect the succession of occupants’ collective influence on the cultural, social, and economic growth of the Pee Dee region. The nominated property, including the historic house, landscaped avenue and garden, historic outbuildings, and core of the historic farmstead, now about 16 acres, contains eighteen contributing historic resources and one modern non-contributing resource. The main residence, built in 1910 and altered in 1920, is an excellent example of Neoclassical residential architecture in the rural Pee Dee region, and is representative of the quality of design and workmanship carried out by the distinguished Columbia architect Charles Coker Wilson and his firm of Wilson, Sompayrac & Urquhart. The property also contains a ca. 1850 sixteen-sided frame medical office, two ca. 1850 octagonal frame outbuildings, a ca. 1850 side-gabled frame outbuilding, an early twentieth century wading pool which now serves as a goldfish pond, two designed landscapes, a frame playhouse, and two frame garages. There are also three late nineteenth century agricultural outbuildings, consisting of a frame barn, tobacco warehouse, and seed house. The portion of the property across the road from the dwelling contains a frame farm office, store, pump house, storage building, and night watchman’s house. This portion additionally contains the one non-contributing structure, a large equipment shed, which stands on the site of a large dairy barn (ca. 1875) that burned in the late 1960s. Listed in the National Register May 28, 2010.
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IMAGE GALLERY via photographer Bill Segars – 2012