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Robinson-Hiller House, Lexington County (113 Virginia St., Chapin)
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The Robinson-Hiller House, built in 1902, is significant as an excellent example of Queen Anne residential architecture and for its association with Charles Plumber Robinson (1867-1944), prominent merchant of Chapin and Lexington County in the early twentieth century, and his wife Sarah “Eddie” Smithson Robinson, social activist and officer of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. The two-story frame house features a one-story wraparound porch with a turret in the front left corner and a gable in the porch roof over the front entrance. Slender Tuscan columns support the porch roof, while a turned balustrade helps to define this outdoor living space. The foundation consists of brick piers with brick lattice infill. A full-width one-story gabled ell extends to the rear. The wood baseboards, doors, and front entrance stair are of notable quality. Robinson founded C.P. Robinson Lumber Company, a sawmill and building products company which included a lumberyard and a brickworks; he also later owned and operated a mercantile store, cotton gin, corn mill, and roller mill. His various business interests made Robinson the major employer in the Chapin community during the first decade of the twentieth century. After the Robinson’s left Chapin the house was acquired by James Haltiwanger Hiller in 1919. Listed in the National Register May 18, 1998.

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