202 West Carolina Avenue
City Directories and History: The old Squirrel Inn, ca. 1850s, later updates in 1912. Summerville, like Camden and Aiken had a rich history of tourists traveling to the area in the late 19th and early 20th century. Inns flourished across the state to accommodate horseman and golf enthusiast. Squirrel Inn (116 West gth South Street), ca. 1913. Frame on brick foundation. 2 story central section with centered dormer window.One story wing. Gable roof. Three bay entrance porch with open gable. One of last of Summervilie’s resort inns. Closed in 1969, now private residence.
Summerville originated as a pineland summer refuge for low country planters. Originally the streets were laid out without any plan and winding roads still characterize the oldest section of town. This “old town” lies in the southwestern portion of the historic district and contains about two thirds of the land and half the structures of the district. The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company laid out the more regular “new town” in 1832. Streets run parallel and at right angles to the track laid in 1830-1831. The “old town” and that portion of the “new town” were incorporated into the village of Summerville in 1847. Following the Civil War, wealthy northerners began wintering there. The town’s designation in 1887 as a health spot gave it an impetus as a resort, which was not lost until the Depression of the 1930s. There are approximately seven hundred structures within the nominated area; about 70% predate World War I. Uniting the different building styles of the town is a common sensitivity to the natural setting and to the local landscaping traditions reflected in street scapes, parks and gardens. Raised cottages, Greek Revival influenced, and Victorian/Queen Anne and other turn of the century structures are found throughout. Antebellum buildings are principally located in the southern and western areas. Churches are located in the center of the district, and the commercial buildings—most dating from around 1900—are located on either side of the town square in front of the present town hall, which faces the railroad. Additionally, Summerville has been the center for azalea culture and there is a variety of azaleas popularly named “The Pride of Summerville.” Listed in the National Register May 19, 1976.
View a map showing the boundaries of the Summerville Historic District. View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property.
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