City Directories and History: Build in the early 1850’s by Osmund Woodward and given to his daughter Claudia Rebecca, when she married Dr. Robert Augustus Buchanan. Built along simple mid 19th century lines, the house reflect the architectural form aspired to by many in the region. [Courtesy Chamber of Commerce]
It was the work of Mr. Woodward, who convinced Catherine and George Ladd to move their school into Winnsboro and begin what became the famous, Winnsboro Female Seminary. (See link this page.)
Historian Chalmers G. Davidson writes in The Last Foray – “Woodward, Osmund of “Anvil Rock” plantation and Winnsboro. Born Sept. 10, 1795 (S.C.); married Martha Williamson (1797-Nov. 20, 1880); died Aug. 10, 1863. Education: Mt. Zion Institute and England. Church: Baptist, Founder and patron of Mrs. Catherine Ladd’s Female Institution. Slaves: 102 (Fairfield District)”
The Last Foray, C. Gaston Davidson, SC Press – 1971
Click on the More Information > link to find additional data – A Fairfield County Sketchbook, by J.S. Bolick, 2000 (Courtesy of the FCHS)
*** On the 1912 Sanborn Map the structure is listed as #61 South Congress Street.
In the 19th century a double piazza and single depth building was erected in this block of South Congress as a Masonic Hall. The Masonic Hall moved elsewhere in the later part of that century and this building became the home of the town’s only baker at the time, George A. White.
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