A National Register Property
City Directories and History: (Blythe-Goodwin-Hagood House) The John H. Goodwin House is significant as a fine example of a vernacular, upcountry farmhouse with some attempt at refined detail. The property is also important visually as a reminder of the history of the upcountry of South Carolina and, according to tradition, as a stage-stop and store on the old road between Greenville and Asheville. The house is a two-story weatherboarded building with a closed brick foundation, a two-tiered porch across its façade (southeast elevation), and a gabled roof.
The earliest portion of the house, comprising the northeast side of the house, is a two-story, single-pen, log building, possibly constructed ca. 1790. The house was substantially enlarged with a two-story braced-frame addition in the early nineteenth century (ca. 1840). An entrance hallway and a large square room added to the south elevation on both stories adapted the plan to the vernacular central hall, single-pile plan (“I-House”). A detached, one-story frame kitchen with a central, stone chimney was built behind the house about this time. Alterations from later periods enclosed one room on the northeast end of the porch and connected the detached kitchen building to the main house. A one-story frame store building constructed in the late nineteenth century is located southwest of the house within the nominated acreage. Listed in the National Register September 8, 1983. (Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
Blythe, Edgeworth M., lawyer; born at Greenville, July 31, 1872; son of Absolom and Emily (Earle) Blythe ; educated at Furman University and the Citadel; L.L. B. University of Michigan, 1901; after graduation from Citadel taught Greenville County public schools; instructor Clemson College, 1894-96; (student of law at same time) ; admitted to bar 1896, and began practice at Greenville in same year; U. S. Commissioner, Greenville, S. C., 1903-17; organized Co. A, 1st S. C. Infantry 1899, becoming its captain (major 1905, colonel 1915) ; on Mexican border 1916; later received commission in National Army and stationed at Camp Lee, Va.; before receiving commission in National Army was chairman Greenville County Board of Exemption. Mason, member Board of Visitors the Citadel, 1899-1917. Address, Greenville, S. C. Courtesy of Who’s Who in S.C. – 1921 ***R&R is unaware of the connection of this gentleman to this specific property.
IMAGE GALLERY: Courtesy of preservationist Kyle Campbell, Greenville, S.C.
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