City Directories and History: Site of Richard Winn’s home called Malvern Hill, which was burned. Plantation Heritage states: Malvern Hill is the successor to two previous houses on this historic estate first settled by Richard Winn in 1786. Three brothers, Minor, John, and Richard Winn came from Virginia…. and founded the town of Winnsboro.
In 1844 the estate was acquired by Captain John Buchanan from the heirs of David R. Evans. Captain John Buchanan,… was president of the famed Mt. Zion Academy from 1859-1862. The present ten room dwelling was built by George H. McMaster in 1884 at a cost of $3,000.
In the early 20th century this property was bought by the Ketchin family from the McMaster family and beginning with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Ketchin and their large family, the next three generations of that family have lived at Malvern Hill, named for the ancestral home of the Ketchin family in Scotland. Present owners are Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H Ketchin, III. The smaller house to the left was built about 1950 by G. “Mack” Ketchin who was the longtime owner and editor of The News and Herald, Winnsboro’s weekly paper. [Contribution by J.M. Lyles, III]
Informative link: National Register
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