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Magness-Humphries House, Cherokee County (101 Grassy Pond Rd., Gaffney vicinity)
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Dibby House
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James Judson Magness established a home and farm in 1871 in the Grassy Pond community, approximately five miles north of Gaffney. Magness owned 192 acres. In 1904, his home was destroyed by fire. The home that exists today was built in 1904 to replace the original house. The house is an excellent example of a late Victorian farmhouse that merges Queen Anne style details with Classical Revival symmetry. Exterior features such as a steep hipped roof, cross-facing gables, dormers, stained glass, roof cresting, and decorative chimneys are representative of the Queen Anne style. The house sits on brick and rock piers. The inside of the home is equally representative of the period as it maintains beaded board ceiling, vertical beaded wainscoting, pine floors throughout, and tall, detailed, carved oak mantels. Outbuildings, including a barn, smokehouse/potato house, and gear room, date to 1871. Other outbuildings include a chicken/hen house built ca. 1918, a dibby house and pump house built in the 1940s, and several others built in the 1950s. The home and outbuildings, sitting amidst mature oak and pecan trees, are in excellent condition and have had very few alterations since their construction. The house remains one of the few nineteenth century farming homesteads still in existence in the area. Listed in the National Register October 20, 2001.

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