City Directories and History: Mr. Grant Rash born in circa 1915, from North Carolina made this his home and attractive farm for many decades. He and his wife sold the farm and it was divided multiple times into small sections. Their home has been maintained nicely by the Young family who purchased it.
Grant Rash often dismantled older homes in downtown Rock Hill, salvaging the materials for farm use and resale. Some of these materials were housed in the double log barn which originally sat across the road from the house. This very old crib was made of hewn logs. Replacement logs were made from discarded railroad ties which had been secured from the railroad that ran behind the Rash’s home. Fearing this building would be destroyed, it was donated and moved piece by piece to the historic Lewis Inn in Chester County, S.C. It was restored and remains thirty years later in excellent condition.
The old home appears to have been constructed in the last quarter of the 19th century of very early 20th century. It faces the historic Saluda Road, one of the oldest colonial trade routes in America. The trading path led from the Saluda settlement in western South Carolina to the Nation Ford Crossing on the Catawba River and was used by native Americans as well as settlement traffic in the mid 18th century.
R&R Note: Mr. Rash was an extremely industrious gentleman, who often demolished houses in downtown Rock Hill, during the 1960-70s period of urban redevelopment. One of the houses he torn down was the historic Mobley House at #140 Johnston Street. The slate from the roof was staked near the log barn and given to Dr. F.S. Fairey to be reused on the Robertson house renovations. Slate from the Mobley’s roof has also ended up in being used for counter tops, flooring and numerous applications.
The map below shows where the Neely house stands, which became the Rash house near the Crawford School. Also see the MAP LINK > link for a larger community map from 1910.
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