City Directories and History: The ca. 1870s (inaccurate), home of Henry Smith and later Mrs. Florence Smith. (SCDAH)
Smith Home History: The original portion on the right was built prior to the Civil War ca. 1855. Additions on the left and rear were added around 1882. In an interview with Florence Lee Smith (Mrs. Oliver Smith), on 25 February 1978, Mrs. Smith advised that the main part of the house was thirty-five years old when she came there as a bride in 1917. I was able to spend some time with Mr. David Smith, who was born in 1927 in this part of the house built around 1880. Lying west of Lexington near Round Hill and Smith Pond Road, his grandfather built the kitchen and lived in it while he worked on the main house.
Henry David Smith had a sawmill near here with which he cut each board and all of the decorative trim. Formerly all white with a white picket fence around it, It remains today as a snapshot of a former way of life. Oliver Smith ran a store in the front section of an outbuilding and processed meat in the back, preparing hams and cutting bacon and other items for sale in his store. Mr Smith still uses one building as a corn crib. (Information written and contributed to R&R by Stuart Platt – 2017) Note by Mr. Platt: “I can’t recall where I got this info, but I believe it was from the SCDAH and through interviews with 90 year old David Smith. I found him on the roof of the house 2 years ago painting the metal roof. The last time I talked to him, he was hunting beaver that were damming up 12-mile creek while driving his 4-wheeler through the woods. The interior remains as it did in the 1960s.”
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