City Directories and History: The Rainey House is a fine example of a Neoclassical influenced Georgian house built by John S. Rainey in 1906 or 1907 for his wife,
Anna Amelia Faulkner. The entry porch has a prominent decorative entablature with a lunette window in the pedimented gable and Tuscan columns. Within the porch is a two-story balcony with turned balusters. Functional shutters are also present. The house is located on Hickory Grove Road. [Historical Properties of York County, SC – 1995]
The Rock Hill Record of Jan. 21, 1909 – “Mr. John Rainey is sawing lumber for the erection of a nine room dwelling. The grade of lumber is of rare quality from original forest trees.”
Mr. John S. Rainey was a businessman-farmer in the early 20th century who was highly influential in the community and life of Sharon, SC. Besides R&R HISTORY LINK:holding vast acreage, he also owned and controlled the Sharon gin, he called himself a ginner in the 1920 census, as well as owned considerable shares in the Bank of Sharon. One son, John, Jr. became a physician and moved to Anderson, SC where he married into the Stringer family. Mr. Rainey’s grandson, the last owner of the handsome home, was for a short period the first Executive Director of Historic Brattonsville and was a well known historical preservationist in York, S.C.
The Sanborn map of 1934 shows a warehouse at the rear of the Rainey gin complex. This building fell into disrepair and in 2013, only the brick fire wall remains. See further information on the Rainey’s gin on York Street.
Informative links: Neoclassical Style
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