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Vastine Wessinger House, Lexington County (Address Restricted)

The Vastine Wessinger House, reputedly constructed ca. 1891, is a rectangular, two-story, weatherboarded frame farmhouse with a truncated hip roof. A projecting Victorian influenced double-tiered porch on the fašade is ornamented with plain balustrade, eaves brackets, and sawn brackets festooning four slender square wood posts. Each door has transom and sidelights. A small, frame building of the same age, now converted to a garage is also on the property. It was operated as a store by Vastine Wessinger in the 1890s and from 1910-1935 as a farm commissary. The house is one of the few nineteenth century farm residences in the Saluda River basin not inundated by the building of the Lake Murray Dam. Vastine Wessinger, farmer, cotton ginner and crossroads storekeeper, was one of thirty-one landowners in the county to contest seizure of their lands for the $15 an acre offered by Lake Murray developers and who demanded jury trials in court condemnation proceedings in 1928. Listed in the National Register November 22, 1983.

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