City Directories and History: “Charles Edward Perry, Sr. (1862-1932) built this two-story frame residence in 1900. Perry was instrumental in the establishment of commercial investments in the growing community of Ridgeland. Perry owned a sawmill, a general store and a livery stable in addition to being involved in naval stores and farming. Mr. Perry was one of the organizers of the Bank of Ridgeland, serving as president and later as a director.
Charles E. Perry spearheaded the movement in 1910 to form Jasper County. Richard M. Jeffries, later Governor of South Carolina, worked closely with Perry and other community leaders in organizing the movement. Perry’s house, which is now Sauls Funeral Home, has a hip roof with a central pedimented dormer window and two interior chimneys. Five bays wide in the “AABAA” configuration, the portico, which has turned balusters and posts, replaced an earlier two-story piazza which spanned the facade and east side. The doorways have rectangular transoms and sidelights.
A rectangular bay on the west side was altered in 1964 with the addition of a small frame chapel.”
Information from: Historic Resources of the Lowcountry, The Lowcountry Council of Government, Cynthia C. Jenkins, Preservation Planner – Published, 1979
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