Built in 1885 by an early mayor of Kershaw, South Carolina - who also was an owner of a local lumberyard that was the source of much of the heart pine flooring, wainscoting, beaded board ceilings and the distinctive ginger bread trim and columns - this home was a focal point of social life in Kershaw and surrounding communities for many years, hosting wedding receptions and special events of all kinds. The roof, originally of wood shingles, was covered around 1900 with the 9X11 embossed tin shingles that are the heart of the roof today. The extensive renovation that was conducted in 2000 included new wiring, plumbing, hardwood floors where needed and central HVAC (one up, a heat pump, and one down, a gas pac). Somewhat a-typically of many current "reclamations" of older houses, these renovation activities were driven by an intent to restore as much as the need to repair, thus preserving many of the original classic features of this historic residence.
The exterior work began by completely removing the porches and balcony, right down to the sills, joists, decking and the porch roofs. At this point another happy but unexpected discovery was made: all but four of the twenty columns and all but forty of the well-over a hundred decorative spindles on the porches were in good condition and served as patterns to replicate the damaged pieces. The porches and balconies were then rebuilt with treated lumber where required and the tin roof shingles replaced/reinstalled prior to applying multiple thin layers of an elastomeric compound (incorporating period-authentic color tints) in order to seal any pinhole leaks and prevent rust propagation. Even the exterior colors were selected with the aid of an acknowledged expert on Victorian and other historic homes, Robert Schweitzer of the University of Michigan, and are true to the pastel colors typically used in the Victorian era. The final phase of the exterior work was accomplished in 2004 by the addition of an irrigation system, many lovely plantings and a totally fenced area in the side yard that includes an in-ground, vinyl-lined pool, pergola and an outdoor living area complete with a water fountain and landscaped garden area. This area is extremely private due to the mature trees and shrubs along Richland Street and along the alley adjacent to the side lot.
Registered with The National Register of Historic Places, this "painted lady" is situated on a comfortable .66-acre lot a block off the main street of the town of Kershaw, South Carolina. It features 4 bedrooms (one a 15X17 first floor master), 2 full baths (one on each floor), formal 15X20 living room, formal 15X16 dining room, 13X19 family room and a 15X17 office that could also be a 5th bedroom. The height of the beaded board ceilings, to be found nearly throughout the structure (the main exception being one of the upstairs bedrooms), is 11 feet on the main floor and 8 feet on the second floor. The formal living room, the magnificent 10X34 foyer and the family room all have original tongue and groove wainscoting. The kitchen, living room, dining room and family room all have functioning gas log fireplaces; there are three other fireplaces - without gas logs - that might possibly be restored to working order, one in the master bedroom and two in upstairs bedrooms.
This grand old Queen Anne Victorian has been featured on HGTV's "Restore America" as well as "South Carolina Home
and Gardens" and "Old House Journal". Now, restored substantially to its former glory, the wonderful layout of the home and its extensive porches is once again occasionally being used for special events (weddings, corporate meetings and dinners) and the property is once again a showplace and a source of amazement to long time Kershaw residents who watched in dismay as the original showplace inexorably declined into a caricature of its former self.
The town of Kershaw is located in Lancaster County and thus centrally located in the heart of the Carolinas with an easy two hour drive to the coastal beauty of South Carolina or the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. 20 minutes West are all of the water recreation opportunities available at Lake Wateree as well as all of the equine activities that surround historic Camden. Forty miles to the Northwest is Charlotte, North Carolina while Columbia, South Carolina is just 50 miles away. Put it all together and Kershaw provides an ideal relaxed small town setting for retirement living and business relocations, handy to - but away from - the bustle of the larger cities and towns.
PROPERTY NUMBER: 39032-06600