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National Register Properties in South Carolina

Leesville College Historic District, Lexington County (Leesville)
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Jim Bouknight
400 Main St.
Old C. D.
Barr House
510 Main St.
C. D. Barr
602 Main St.
Gantt House
511 Main St.
Dan Gunter
506 Main St.
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Allen Hare
107 Peachtree St.
Nichols House
101 Peachtree St.
Peachtree St.
Dr. Richard
Major House
104 Peachtree St.
405 Main St.
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Walter Hendrix
Main St.
100 King St.
Busbee Brothers'
101 King St.
Lizzie Derrick
308 Main St.
Sease Cottage
506 Main St.

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The Leesville College Historic District is historically significant for its association with two early Leesville schools. The district includes the first school in Leesville, the Busbee Brothers’ School, founded in 1878, and three buildings associated with the Leesville English and Classical Institute, founded in 1881, which became Leesville College in 1890. Also included in the district are residences constructed by persons associated with the schools. The district includes twenty-eight residential and institutional properties, in a contiguous neighborhood that is separated by an intervening block of new commercial development from the town’s Main Street commercial core to the south. The district evolved as a residential enclave around the Busbee Brothers’ School and the Leesville English and Classical Institute. Frame construction, weatherboarded, with varying articulations of ornamental trim, is ubiquitous. The houses of the district cover a wide range of Victorian vernacular forms, from modest cottage to elaborate residence, but the scale of the buildings, the materials, the setbacks are consistent. Other stylistic examples include Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, and Neo-Classical. Listed in the National Register July 6, 1982.

View a map showing the boundaries of the Leesville College Historic District.

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