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National Register Properties in South Carolina

Magnolia, Marlboro County (508 E. Main St., Bennettsville)

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Magnolia (Johnson-Kinney House) is a fine example of an excellently preserved late antebellum neoclassical, or “bracketed Greek Revival” home in rural South Carolina. Magnolia is a two-story frame house constructed in 1853 by Bennettsville lawyer, William Dalrymple Johnson. Johnson was one of Marlboro County’s three signers of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession, and the last man elected Chancellor of the Equity Courts of South Carolina before the courts were abolished under the Reconstruction Constitution of 1868. A one-story porch supported by ten Doric columns extends along the northern exposure and front portion of the eastern side. Matching double leaf, five paneled doors are at the front and rear entrances, framed by rectangular transoms and sidelights with unusual rectangular pane design. Boxed cornices are bracketed all around. Behind the house are a barn and the old slave quarters, circa 1853. Listed in the National Register March 14, 1973.

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