“An outstanding midlands plantation featuring a beautiful Carolina rain porch.”
City Directories and History: (Evander Gregg House) Red Doe is a one-story, frame farmhouse on a raised brick basement foundation
built ca. 1840 for Evander Gregg. The house is rectangular with a central hall plan and a two-room ell on the rear. The low-pitched gable roof has a shed extension sheltering the façade’s porch. The façade has six solid octagonal wooden piers on stuccoed brick bases carrying the porch roof. A veranda with stuccoed brick piers and a new wooden stair rising to its center, which spans the façade, is recessed behind these piers. The basement, beneath and behind the veranda, is brick sheathed in stucco that is scored to simulated stone. Red Doe has single exterior brick chimneys with stuccoed bases and plaster necking bands on the north and south elevations. Single windows flank the chimney on each of these elevations. Red Doe was built with a heavy timber braced frame. According to family tradition, Red Doe was built for Evander Gregg when he was eighteen years old. Several outbuildings are located on the property, including a small frame building that appears to have been used as an office or store. Additionally, many trees on the property date to the building of Red Doe. Listed in the National Register October 29, 1982.
A construction date for Red Doe has not been established, but documentary and physical evidence indicate it was built between 1836 and 1846. According to family tradition, Red Doe was built for Evander Gregg when he was eighteen years old, in 1836. Gregg purchased land including the site of Red Doe on 16 October 1843. In a letter of May 1846 which is quoted in Footprints: The Story of the Greggs of South Carolina, Mary Marshall Hall, a North Carolina cousin of the Gregg family, wrote that Evander Gregg was building a house at that time. However, the date was misprinted in Footprints as 1946 and may be further in error. The construction technology evident in the house supports a dating ca. 1820-1850. In 1860 Before his Gregg was a planter owning approximately is death in 1874, he moved to Arkansas.
(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
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