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Stewart House, Newberry County (1001 Wilson St., Newberry)

The Stewart House was built for Robert Stewart, prominent Newberry merchant, by builder Phillip Schoppert, who also constructed “Coateswood” for Chancellor Job Johnstone. Its unpainted weatherboard exterior with fine classical ornamentation makes it Newberry’s most intact historical dwelling. The house was the scene in 1859 of the poisoning of the Stewart housekeeper by a young black slave named Fanny, who was subsequently convicted of the crime and hanged. Built in 1842, the Greek Revival residence is a two-story rectangular frame dwelling with a pedimented double-tiered portico projecting from the fašade. The raking cornice of the front pediment displays dentils. Plain square wood balustrades connect four square wood pillars on each porch tier. A molded architrave with tracery fan and sidelights frame each floor’s central doorway. A rear right addition of two stories extends into an ell. Listed in the National Register November 26, 1980. The Stewart House has since been moved. Removed from the National Register March 15, 2000.

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