City Directories and History: The John Hayes Farmstead is significant as an excellent example of the ways in which a Pee Dee cotton farmstead, from its main house to its agricultural outbuildings and its fields, evolved and was altered over time from the late eighteenth century well into the twentieth century. The main house, constructed for John Hayes II in 1791, has architectural integrity dating from its extensive renovations and expansion as a Craftsman/Bungalow house, undertaken by Hayes’s grandson ., in 1915. The John Hayes
Farmstead is also locally significant for its association with the Hayes family, which a local historian described in 1902 as “among our best citizens.” The farmstead produced cotton and other subsistence crops here – in what was originally Marion County but has been part of Dillon County since 1910 – for more than one hundred and fifty years. It is still a working farm, producing tobacco, corn, grains, and soybeans. The farmstead is approximately eight acres of the 205 remaining acres of an original eighteenth century land grant that developed into a 2,000 acre plantation. In 1988 the John Hayes Farmstead was recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Bicentennial Farm. The following contributing outbuildings were constructed at various times since the main house’s construction: sweet potato curing house, three barns, smokehouse, wash house, and pump house. Listed in the National Register October 4, 2005.
(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
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