“An historic log house and site nearly forgotten.”
4253 Highway 215 North
City Directories and History: Located at one of Fairfield County’s early land grants circa 1752, this house of log construction has been heavily remodeled over the decades leaving little evidence of it’s earliest construction history. The two story log house began as a one story structure, made of pine logs, with matching end chimneys and what appears to be two first floor rooms and a shed section off the rear. Architectural features from the Empire period abound in the rear section of the house and an early door lock was uncovered while investigating. It is likely that the second floor of the house, also of smaller logs, was added in the second half of the 19th century, in the post Civil War era.
The location is believed to be near the pre-Revolutionary site of Fort Wagner, an early stockade for protection of settlers in western Fairfield County, S.C. and the location is known to as Little Egypt.
Samuel Moberley “Mobley” 1739-1802, was my 5th great grandfather. He settled in Fairfield County and married Mary Polly Wagner (daughter of Hans Wagner who built Fort Wagner). M.B. Bussell, 2.19
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Mr. Steve White wrote; ” It may be that Governor Means was born there or that prima facie evidence can be found that he was born there. I don’t know exactly when Thomas Means moved there but it was after he bought the property in the latter part of 1809 and before 1820. Its probably a good conjecture that he built some version of the existing house then. I suppose its possible, though, that there was an earlier house that was torn down.” He also commented that, “I found some more information about the introduction of the Means (aka Gypsum, Gypsy, or Johnson) Grass. It was said to have been imported accidentally in some hemp seeds Major Means ordered from Egypt. It all fits together – the fact that the place is called Little Egypt, the grass is called Gypsy or Gypsum Grass, and that Sandy Fork was formerly called Hemp Patch Fork.” (11/1/13)
Old Buckhead was located in the general area between Highway 215 and secondary road 18 and may have started as Means P.O. Means P.O., appears in the records, as the earliest post office in northwestern Fairfield District. The post office was probably located in the store of Thomas Means, frequently referred to as a merchant of Old Buckhead. (Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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