City Directories and History: 1958 and 1966 – Carl W. Howard
Built in the 1820’s by Joshua Goore, this house was a stage coach tavern known as Southwestern Hotel. In 1847 it was purchased by Mrs. Benjamin (Elizabeth Anne) Neely, who used several small out-buildings as boarding rooms for young ladies attending the local Female College. Mrs. Neely sold the property to Colonel W. H. McCorkle, Confederate veteran and for many years County Probate Judge. Colonel McCorkle planted the now-huge magnolia trees to mark the Secession of South Carolina to begin the Confederacy.
Businessman, B. Neely Moore (B.N. Moore), next acquired the house and later
sold it to Mr. Carl Howard. The Greek Revival façade on the front of the house is a later addition to the originally simple Georgian design. All the walls inside the structure are of solid brick. Local legend has it that his house was considered for set use as “Tara” in Gone With the Wind but was turned down because of the close proximity to the street and neighboring homes. [Courtesy of the Yorkville Historical Society – 2002]
The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Aug. 26, 1891 – “Mr. B.N. Moore is preparing to make an addition of two rooms to his brick residence on Congress Street. Mr. Reuben McCall has contracted to do the brick work and Mr. A.F. Woods to do the carpentry work.”
The Rock Hill Herald on Sept. 15, 1900 reported – “Springs – Moore and Company is the name of a new cotton firm in Yorkville that will be active in that section. It is composed of LeRoy Springs of Lancaster, B.N. Moore of Yorkville, and P.G. McCorkle of Charlotte.”
DAGUERROTYPES T. D. Cory – Having taken rooms at the store-house formerly occupied by S. W. Jackson, opposite Goore’s Hotel, for the purpose of taking Daguerrotypes, beg leave respectfully to announce to the citizens of Yorkville and vicinity, that he is prepared to execute anything belonging to the PHOTOGRAPHIC art. All are invited to call and examine specimens at his rooms, where may be seen among other daguerrotypes — Governor MEANS, Governor KOSSUTH, President FILLMORE, and last, but not least, a likeness of the GIANT BOY.
-Yorkville Miscellany, April 10, 1852
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