City Directories and History: The Oaks or Buckhead Post Office, it was built about 1815-20 by Thomas Lyles (1776-1874), a son of first settler Arromanus Lyles who procured the land grants for his progeny in documented land grands around 1760. Thomas Lyles, called Captain Lyles, for his affiliation with the Nullification Army around 1832…supplied a slave, horse and equipment in the Civil War as he was too old to participate. His sons, Thomas Woodward and William Strother Lyles (who signed the Ordinance of Secession) left multiple descendants, possibly totaling four or five thousand descendants in 2013.
The home was restored extensively by Mr. John Collins of Columbia, SC and Mr. and Mrs. Dru Blair, the current owners, have continued the ongoing efforts and care of the Oaks.
Click on the More Information > link to find additional data – A Fairfield County Sketchbook, by J.S. Bolick, 2000 (Courtesy of the FCHS)
*** Historian Harvey S. Teal’s South Carolina Postal History, 1989 states: the “Buckhead Post Office was originally operated by Postmaster, Mr. Daniel H. Kerr. It operated from 1825 – the Civil War.”
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