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Wade-Beckham House, Lancaster County (S.C. Hwy. 200, Cauthen’s Crossroads vicinity)
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(Beckham House) The Wade-Beckham House is a two-story frame residence, one of the last surviving mid-19th century plantations or farmhouses in Lancaster County. This rural residence blends the Greek Revival and Neo-Classical styles. Originally one room deep, the structure was doubled in size in 1916. At that time the original end chimneys were removed and interior fireplaces were constructed between front and rear rooms on both sides of the central hall. The original porch on the front remains basically intact with its massive box columns, which project past the first floor porch as freestanding elements. The lower portion of these columns was replaced with brick piers during the 1916 renovation. The original windows and doors with transoms and sidelights are intact. A one-story kitchen wing and porch on the rear of the structure were part of the 1916 addition. The original Greek Revival period moldings and doors remain in the ca. 1840 portion of the house, as do the original plaster walls. The house’s history parallels the history of an agrarian and rural society that has faded. Owners of the house include James T. Wade, who built the home, James Rinaldo Massey, Jr., who served as a state legislator from 1884-1885, and H.J. Beckham, who built the 1916 addition that doubled the size of the house. Two outbuildings – a small wooden store and a barn – are also included in the nomination. Listed in the National Register June 17, 1988.

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