“Freedman Mr. Duckett builds a beautiful home for his family.”
City Directories and History 1918 – Charles H. Duckett, 1948 – Mattie Duckett, 1975- Vacant, This was the long-term home of Charlie Duckett, a African American
lumber dealer in downtown Laurens, S.C. The house is attributed to African American contractor, Mr. Columbus White (1857-1945), of Laurens, S.C. who had a close working relationship with Mr. Duckett.
The Charles H. Duckett House is significant to the areas of architecture, black history, and commerce for its association with Charlie Duckett (1860-1947), a prominent black Laurens businessman. Mr. Duckett built the house ca. 1892 as his private residence and continued to live there for the rest of his life. He was a carpenter, contractor, and lumber dealer in Laurens during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In addition to the lumberyard, Duckett operated a funeral home. He took an active part in the civic affairs of Laurens and in the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The Charles H. Duckett House is a vernacular, one-story, frame residence with a partial basement. The L-shaped house, a Folk Victorian style, has a low-pitch, hip roof of standing seam metal and a boxed cornice. The exterior is sheathed in beaded weatherboarding, accented by corner pilasters and a water table. The house is outstanding in its level of ornamentation. Distinctive features include sawn and perforated porch details, paneled ceilings, ornate mantels, wainscoting, carved door and window surrounds, and an Eastlake front door. The home is located in a residential neighborhood that has been associated with the black community of Laurens since its development. Listed in the National Register November 19, 1986. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History]
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