“Fair View is another Thompson home built about 1800, and sold to Dr. John Milton Glenn in 1830. It was owned by the Glenn’s only daughter, Louise, who married Furman McEachern. It is now occupied by the Rev. L. K. Martin, a retired Presbyterian minister, who has owned it since about 1930….” (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
City Directories and History: The Dr. John Glenn House is significant as an intact example of an antebellum vernacular Greek Revival residence. Stylistic elements of the Dr. John Glenn house suggest a ca. 1845 construction date. In that year Dr. Glenn purchased land in the Little River area from the Thompson family. The Dr. John Glenn House is a two-story, weatherboarded frame, end-gabled residence with a double-pile and central-hall plan with a rear shed room. The front rooms have wide horizontal plank walls above paneled wainscoting. A two-tiered porch with a pedimented gable end shelters the three central bays of the five-bay façade. The porches are supported by four paneled wooden posts and feature a plain wooden balustrade on both levels. The façade, which is symmetrical on both levels, has a central door flanked on each side by two six-over-six windows. The first story door features a six-pane transom and four-pane sidelights; the second story door has sidelights but no transom. Listed in the National Register December 6, 1984. [Courtesy of the S.C. Dept. of Archives and History] The Glenn house is a very nice Carolina “I” house design with additional Greek Revival front porches added at a later date.
The Glenn home was in poor condition until circa 2008, when Architectural Forensics LLC (R&R.com), was hired to complete a thorough investigation of its history and architectural value. After extensive investigations and research the house was found to be in exceptionally good structural condition and many of the ground’s original 19th century plantings remained. The house was constructed in two or more stages and reflected extensive changes in the mid 19th century. The home has been restored by the current owners, the James family, and is now a Fairfield County showplace.
“In the early 20th century there was a small general store between the house and road which served the general community. The contributor’s great aunt, Ms. Nancy Chappell McMeekin operated the store and lived in the Glenn house. While visiting her aunt, she worked in the store and was paid $1.00 for her endeavors, which on the urging of her family was given to Shiloh Methodist Church.” [Mrs. Helen Crumpton to R&R.com]
Click on the More Information > link to find additional data – A Fairfield County Sketchbook, by
J.S. Bolick, 2000 (Courtesy of the FCHS)
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