13 September 2010

Lucy Holcombe Pickens and the Pickens-Salley House, Aiken, South Carolina: Southern Literary Tour, Part Two: #21

This historical marker, in the grounds of the University of South Carolina Aiken campus just in front of the Pickens-Salley House, says it all.
'This plantation house, first known as “Edgewood,” is an excellent example of Federal-era architecture. Originally near Edgefield, it was built in 1828 for Francis W. Pickens (1807–1869), state representative and senator, congressman, U.S. Minister to Russia, and governor 1860–62 during the secession crisis and the first two years of the Civil War. Lucy Holcombe Pickens was an ardent Confederate and novelist.'

'In 1929 Eulalie Chafee Salley (1883–1975), pioneer woman suffragist, real estate broker, and developer, saved the house. Salley, architect Willis Irvin (1891–1950), and contractor Byron E. Hair supervised its dismantling, relocation to the Kalmia Hill area of Aiken, and restoration. It was moved here in 1989 when developer Ronny Bolton donated it to the University of South Carolina Aiken.'

My related post below is also worth a visit:
Elizabeth Boatwright Coker's India Allan (1953)


reneau@bellsouth.net said...

Would you be interested in pictures of the house on its original site - and how it's been altered in the relocation?

Dr Tony Shaw said...

I certainly would - please send!

Tony, anottsquair@hotmail.com

Queitsch Hof said...

where are the pictures !!???
where can one get a copy of the architectural plans, or at least a sketch with approximate size???

Dr Tony Shaw said...

Good question! I clean forgot about these, and it's been over a year. Many thanks to Reneau de Beauchamp for sending me them.

Greg said...

My great, great grandfather was a Pickens slave. He was probably born on the Edgewood property in ca 1852