City Directories and History: This was the house – plantation of George Franklin Andrews, which appears to have been constructed in the 1840-50s. He is buried a Salem Presbyterian Church. His son Frank Andrews married Cora Helen Blair a daughter of Charles Burley and Margaret Blair. Margaret was the oldest child of William Blair for whom Blair gets it’s name. George Andrews died in 1904 and my great grandparents (John Davis and Hannie Long Blair), lived in this house from 1904 until
1907. Hannie Long Blair was gifted the old Province place, “Rose Hill” in Strother S.C. from her father, James Ivey Long. James Long bought the Province place in about 1900, after he had rented it from David Province’s children since the 1880s. I have some letters where he sent rent payments to the Provinces and in every one he asked to buy the house and land. They finally sold it to him about 1900 or so.
Also see the location of this home on Elkin’s Map of Fairfield Co., marked as the Mrs. Province place. One of the distinct features of this house, a Carolina “I” House style, is the detached or extended columns, which protrude beyond the porch flooring to the ground. Renowned preservation architect, Henry Boykin once stated, R&R’s term, the Carolina Rain Porch, was the most appropriate term he had ever encountered for the architectural style of the porch.Thomas McKinstry
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