City Directories and History: Constructed in circa 1898 and 1908, for William David Park, the grandfather of the current owner, this house is a simple Carolina “I” farm house from the turn of the century and for decades went unpainted. One the west side of the house the original chimney featured a stone and brick chimney which has been replaced. The interior retains most of its original features including very nice carpenter tiered mantel pieces, unpainted board walls, wide pine flooring and simple panel doors common to the era. Having remained in the family and intact, the house is a warm, inviting piece of local architecture that sheltered the family comfortably for generations. In the late 20th century the rear porch was enclosed, safer chimneys added and modern utilities added.
One of the many stories Mrs. Margaret Sanders told of her family dealt with her grandfather visiting Winnsboro in the late 1920 or early 30s for supplies and running into a teen. He had been left by the recent circus when it departed on the train, which he missed. The anxious young man was invited to come home to the Park farm where he lived and worked. While there, he trained the horses and mules, as if he remained at the circus and trained the farm stock to perform circus tricks which were a delight to all.
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james lyles says
This posting of our beloved Margaret P. Sanders with the video is the ultimate in sharing a family history!
Thank you for your research and thank Margaret for sharing in her devotion the importance of history and its documentation.
This site is truly a treasure of Fairfield County history.
Bobbie Lemmon Stevenson says
I grew up on Hwy 213 about two miles from this Park homeplace. I remember visiting Miss Rosa and Mr. Young many times with my parents. There were community square dances in their yard. Miss Rosa and Mr. Young loved children and always had special treats at Halloween and Christmas – Miss Rosa made homemade cookies and had fruit punch for all to enjoy. I also remember they grew sugar cane on the farm and would make syrup. They had a windmill in the yard which was very fascinating. There are so many happy cherished memories of visiting there that I recall.
Wonderful. Love those who care enough to preserve!