The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Dec. 17, 1885 – “Dr. W.M. Love has moved into his new house at McConnellsville.”
City Directories and History: The history of this fine home is hard to determine due to extensive changes from the original form which may have only encompassed one or two rooms at the rear of the present dwelling. The family tradition states that the oldest section dates to the 1820s, by Captain James Mitchell . (See family history added as comment below.) But in the 1830-40’s an entirely new home was added to the front of the original cabin creating a dwelling significant and deserving of the Love’s prosperity in the McConnells area. Numerous features remain from this dwelling including the staircase fretwork, interior mantels, porch columns, and doors. Judging from the extensive records, this dwelling can “perhaps” be attributed to local buildings, the Hafner group of local artisans who work working in the region in ca. 1840’s. The architectural similarities and artisan ship clearly link them to other documented Hafner structures, including the Blair house in western York County. (See the Blair House for additional details on the Hafner family construction business.)
The Love house remained in the original form, known as an “I” house until the early 20th century. It was at this time that enormous updates were made and the architecture changed forever to that of a grand Neo-Classical Revival style. It was during this period that the massive front porches and columns were added as well as the exterior chimney were rebuilt with their corbeled tops. Note the handsome Palladian window in the gable.
The Love Plantation house on West Chappell Road (Love Road – 2012) is a fine example of Greek Revival styling. Built in the 1820’s on land obtained through an early land grant, the original layout of the house was that of a central hallway I-House with a detached kitchen. The kitchen was later incorporated into the house about 1900 when remodeling was undertaken. The house also features Palladian windows in the gable ends of the roof, along with corbeled chimneys and cornice. [Historical Properties of York County, SC – 1995]
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