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Old Strother Place, Saluda County (Fruit Hill Rd., Saluda vicinity)

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The Old Strother Place (Fruit Hill) is significant architecturally as a notable example of Greek Revival farmhouse architecture. Built ca. 1856 by George James Strother, this was the “new” house on the plantation. The extant barn and kitchen building were constructed at the same time, according to family tradition. A ca. 1930 garage and ca. 1936 water tower also contribute to the property. The Old Strother Place was one of the largest plantation houses in the area and the first in the vicinity to receive electricity and running water, in ca. 1936. The house is a mixture of high style and practical, plain elements. The house originally had one-story, full fašade, shed roofed porches on both front and rear elevations. The porch on the rear elevation was enclosed in the twentieth century. The Strother plantation was by far one of the largest in the vicinity. In 1850, Strother owned twenty-seven slaves; in 1860 this had increased to forty-three slaves. Strother had eight slave houses on his plantation; the location of the slave houses in unknown. Listed in the National Register February 25, 1994.

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