City Directories and History: The W.T. Askins House is significant as an excellent intact example of Folk Victorian residential architecture and for its association with William Thomas Askins (1859-1932), a prominent merchant and farmer of Lake City and lower Florence County. The house is a frame two-story, gable-front-with-wing dwelling. Clad with shiplap siding, this L-shaped house is set upon a brick pier foundation which has been filled with a pierced brick enclosure and features a cross-gabled roof. W.T. Askins purchased several lots in and around Lake City in the early 1890s, building and operating five stores downtown, including W.T. Askins and Sons, a general mercantile business. Askins also maintained a loading dock at the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad depot and operated several farms on the outskirts of the town. The W.T. Askins House was built ca. 1895 using lumber harvested from his nearby farms. Askin’s major business was W.T. Askins and Sons, though he and three of his sons were later also quite active in tobacco and truck farming in the area. Two outbuildings contribute to the nomination, a gable-front garage and a smokehouse. Listed in the National Register May 26, 1995. (Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
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