City Directories and History: A stately home siting on the Newberry Road known locally as the Clowney house, the dwelling features a beautifully maintained grounds and farm lane. Construction originally began shortly before the Civil War and ended perhaps as late as the 1870’s when a talented local carpenter, of African – American descent, was hired to finally complete the dwelling for the owner, a Mr. Jordan. Eventually it became a prosperous seat of the Jordan’s cotton farm before he sold it to Walker Leslie Kirkpatrick of York County, SC. Mr. Samuel Jordan, the contractor, not owner, also constructed the residence at #325 Moultrie Street in Winnsboro. The Kirkpatrick family was originally from the Bullock’s Creek area of York County, S.C., the location of Kirkpatrick Creek is just north of Bullock’s Creek Presbyterian Church.
Later, Dr. Cain of Columbia purchased the property as a retreat. In the early 20th century he sold the property the James Brice Clowney, a bachelor, who left the property to his brother, William C. Clowney (another source says, William Meadow Clowney n 1920), who’s family retains ownership of the property.
Business Ledger and More: In 1912, through the 1920’s, Mr. Kirkpatrick operated his farm, as well as the Home Store on South Congress Street. His store ledger lists the following individuals having labor contracts with him: George Stevenson, Clara Perry, John Perry, Sarah Ellison, Will Ellison, Charley Byrd, and Moses Byrd. These individuals are presumably some of those standing in the front yard of the home.
The labor contracts are enlargeable and readable as links on this page.
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