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Numertia Plantation, Orangeburg County (off S.C. Sec. Rd. 138, Eutawville vicinity)
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Facade Left Elevation Left Rear
Right Rear
Right Elevation
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Central Hall
Dining Room
Door Hardware
Warehouse and
Carriage House

The house at Numertia is believed to have been constructed ca. 1850-51 by Major Samuel Porcher for his grandson Richard Shackelford Porcher, a young planter. It is one of the few plantation houses associated with the antebellum cotton planters of the middle and upper sections of (what was formerly) St. John’s Parish, Berkeley, Charleston District, that remained intact on its original site after the flooding of two large areas of the parish by the Santee-Cooper hydroelectric project in the 1940s. Architecturally, Numertia is representative of the building technology and forms of the early and middle nineteenth century for rural South Carolina. The braced timber frame is composed of hewn and whip-sawn beams and posts with mortise and tenon joints, fitted with wooden pegs. Its central hall plan was ubiquitous in the Southeast among major and minor farmhouses. The gabled roof and the roof of the fašade porch are sheathed in standing-seam metal. The basement is of brick. The house is in a remarkable state of preservation with most of the original materials and hardware intact. Noteworthy features are the English box locks, self-closing hinges, paneled wainscoting and a broad double-run staircase. Included in the nominated acreage are the original carriage house, smokehouse, and warehouse. Listed in the National Register March 19, 1982.

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