City Directories and History: The Dunlap House on Highway 321 south of York is a fine Italianate influenced I-House built in 1854 by William Downing Dunlap. The house remains in the Dunlap family. Among the interesting events involving this site are: one of the Barnett Brothers Circus elephants is buried on the grounds, and during the Second World War German prisoners picked peaches on the farm. It appears the Dunlap family originated in Chester County, SC. William D. Dunlap in the 1850 census shows he is 23 years of age living next to another Dunlap family.
The house has ship-lapped siding around the door, sawn brackets on the porch, flush cornice returns, corner boards, and cornice brackets under the eaves of the gable roof. The original kitchen was detached and incorporated into the house at a later date.
Several outbuildings add to the historical flavor of this site. A smokehouse, well, tenant house, and barn are all to be found. A store, built about 1900, can also be seen across the drive southeast of the main house. It is a frame structure with weatherboard siding. [Historical Properties of York County, SC – 1995]
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