City Directories and History: Whitehall, believed to have been built ca. 1893 for Alvin Etheredge, is exemplary of the Classical Revival style. The frame building is a two-story rectangular block with additions attached to the west and south elevations. Both the façade (north) and east elevation are dominated by tetrastyle, two-story porticos with columns of the Corinthian order. The columns support a full entablature featuring an architrave with
multiple fascias, a plain frieze, and a bracketed cornice with dentils and modillions. Above is a parapet with small paneled pedestals. Each elevation is set on brick piers which were later infilled with brick latticework. Within the nominated acreage are eleven outbuildings, including a barn, dairy, washhouse, greenhouse, and a blacksmith/chemistry shop. Whitehall is also historically significant as the home of several individuals prominent in the history of the town and county of Saluda. Alvin Etheredge was a prominent businessman, farmer, and civic leader in the Saluda area. Operator of a lumber business, he also managed a cotton plantation which employed twenty tenant families. He was the primary force behind the formation of Saluda County in 1895. After Etheredge’s death in 1920, Whitehall eventually passed to his son, Rodney Hammond Etheredge. Educated as a lawyer, R.H. Etheredge was also a surveyor and owner and operator of a brickmill, a lumberyard, several farms, a cotton gin and, later in his life, a dairy farm. He served three nonconsecutive terms in the SC House of Representatives. Listed in the National Register August 21, 1980.
White Hall, pre-Revolutionary home of Andrew Williamson, is probably the oldest homeplace name in the county. The house was burned years ago, but the community still bears the name.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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