City Directories and History: Two story frame residence built circa 1848 for Thomas Walker Huey, a state senator from Lancaster County. In 1848 Huey was a leader in the struggle to provide additional free schools in S.C. in the mid 19th century.
The Thomas Walker Huey House is significant as an intact example of plain-style Greek Revival architecture in the rural South Carolina upcountry and for its association with Huey (1798-1854), a prominent nineteenth-century merchant, planter, and politician. The house was built by Huey in 1847-48 and is a simple, two-story, clapboard-sided, lateral-gable residence with a full-façade one-story shed roof porch with simple upwardly tapered columns with a slat balustrade and flushboard underneath. In addition to producing cotton, Huey was a businessman and operated a general store, sawmill, flourmill, and gristmill. He also served Lancaster District government as a tax collector, presidential elector, and militia colonel, and as a commissioner for several railroads. Huey was also elected to the State Senate three times. Huey’s obituary in the Lancaster Ledger observed that “Col. Huey has filled various offices of honor and trust in this district…though not a brilliant man, possessed a strong mind, and exercised profound judgement; he was therefore highly respected in that body of legislators. He owned a large body of land in this district, and possessed at the time of his demise, various interest in property in the states of Alabama and Mississippi.” Listed in the National Register January 4, 1990. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives]
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