The Inn at the Craig Farm
City Directories and History: The Craig House is an intact example of a mid-nineteenth century rural farmhouse with early twentieth century alterations, and is typical of Lancaster County agricultural properties from the period. The residence is a two-story, originally L-shaped, frame building covered in clapboard with a brick pier foundation with concrete block infill. A central one-bay balcony on the west façade has a gable roof with molded-boxed cornice and returns and a wide-board frieze. The porch has turned posts with decorative sawn brackets and turned balusters on the second story balcony. The house has several rear additions: a turn of the century steeply pitched, two-story, clapboard, shed-roof addition in the ell; a clapboard one-story shed addition attached to the former addition; and a circa 1945 addition on the north elevation covered with asbestos. John Johnston Craig, a farmer in the Craigville community, built the house. Craig enlisted in the Confederate States Army in 1863, served in Virginia with the 4th South Carolina Cavalry, and died in 1866 of illness he contracted while in service. His son, John Edgar Craig (1863-1960), inherited the house and family farm and extensively remodeled the house ca. 1901. As of 1990, the Craig family still owned the house. Listed in the National Register February 16, 1990. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History]
J. Edwin Praque and L.H. Hallman, contractors.
R&R NOTE: In the Faulkner Collection, there are a number of transactions between N.B. Craig and James Faulkner during the 1850s. One is of particular interest, in that it shows N.B. Craig shipping cotton to the new destination of Rock Hill, S.C., in 1854. Also, it appears N.B. Craig was a boarder at the Faulkner home for over a year. See PDF’s of note below as well as the letter from Ms. J.P. Craig from Warren, Ark., in 1858.
It was built c. 1860 by John Johnston Craig (1818-1866), a farmer in the Craigville community of Lancaster District. Craig enlisted in the Confederate States Army in 1863, served in Virginia with the 4th South Carolina Cavalry, and died in 1866 of illness contracted while in service. His son, John Edgar Craig (1863-1960), inherited the house and family farm, apd extensively remodeled the house c. 1901. NR File Data / SC Dept. of Archives and History
IMAGE GALLERY: Courtesy of photographer Chris Lange – 2018
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