City Directories and History: The Scott House is one of the oldest houses in Kingstree and a fine example of mid-nineteenth century vernacular architecture. It was built ca. 1843 by Joseph Scott, a wealthy planter, trustee of the Kingstree Academy, and politician who was elected to the state legislature in 1836. The house changed hands many times after Scott’s death, its owners including many citizens prominent in local history and politics. The house is a two-story frame building, sheathed in weatherboard, with a side-gabled roof.
The façade is three bays wide and features a “Carolina” or “rain porch” supported by slim, tapered piers. The entrance way on the first floor contains double doors with sidelights and transom. The house rests on a brick foundation, has two exterior brick chimneys, and an embossed tin roof. The windows are six-over-six double-hung sash with full paneled shutters. Listed in the National Register June 28, 1982.
View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of Kingstree, ca. 1823-1930 includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.(Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
R&R Notes: Rev. James Ruet Gilland was born in Franklin Co., Pennsylvania, and died in Williamsburg Co., S.C. He was a son of Thomas I. Gilland and his wife, Jane McDowell. Both Thomas and Jane Gilland were buried in York Co., S.C. Rev. J.R. Gilland was pastor of both Old Waxhaw and the Lancasterville Presbyterian churches from 1840 to 1842. Descendants of Rebecca Hutchison and J.R. Gilland, having the names McCuthen and Cottingham, are still living in the Kingstree area today. (Along the Lands Ford Road, Wm. B. White, Jr., Vol. II.)
Rebecca B. Hutchison (Born in York Co., S.C.) Born June 19, 1820. Died Nov. 2, 1843. Married the Rev. James R. Gilland. Born Apr. 30, 1810. Died Dec. 16, 1877.
1. David Rebecca Gilland. Born Oct. 26, 1843. Died Aug. 2, 1845.
2. Mary Jane (―Jennie‖) Gilland. Born near what is now Rock Hill, S.C., on Sept. 15, 1841.
Died June 4, 1900, near Nesmith, S.C. Buried at Indiantown Presbyterian Church. Married Feb. 14, 1859, to Col. James McCutchen, C.S.A. Born Williamsburg Co., S.C., on March 8, 1830. Died on Sept. 25, 1897. Buried at Indiantown Church.
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