City Directories and History: (James Nesbitt House) Mountain Shoals is significant for its associations with prominent individuals in Spartanburg County and as a notable example of a vernacular interpretation of the Federal style, Carolina – I House. Constructed in the early 1800s, the exact construction date is uncertain. James Nesbitt bought the property in 1836 and resided there until his death in 1875. Nesbitt was a manufacturer, merchant, farmer, large landowner and an active participant in local civic affairs. The house is a two-story frame
residence set over a raised brick basement stuccoed to resemble granite. Especially notable decorative elements of Mountain Shoals include the use of tripartite windows, the unusual “wheat design” balustrade on the front porch, the notable interior overmantels and paneled wainscot. Also significant is its use of interior deceit painting as a decorative element in imitation of maple, mahogany and granite. Also located on the property is the original one-story frame well house and the cut granite well in addition to a ca. 1815 one-story log cabin which was moved here from a neighboring property. The nominated acreage also includes the early garden area associated with the house which is enclosed by a fence featuring granite posts and portions of the original spindle and picket railings. The granite foundations of several of the structure’s early outbuildings also remain. Listed in the National Register April 24, 1979.
(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
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