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New Market, Williamsburg County (S.C. Hwy. 375, Greeleyville vicinity)

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(McDonald-Rhodus-Lesesne House) New Market is significant as an example of a Federal or Early National period vernacular plantation house, built ca. 1820, one of the few surviving examples of rural residential architecture in Williamsburg County from the early nineteenth century. The complex includes a one-story frame house over a raised brick basement laid in English bond. The house is best described as a raised cottage or an early National period folk house with a lateral gable roof which extends to cover a typical “rain porch” on the front of the house and two bedrooms at the rear of the building. The porch is supported by four tapered and chamfered wooden posts which rest on low brick piers at ground level. This provides an overhang which protects the living area of the porch from inclement weather and direct sunlight. The house has two centrally placed front doors, each entering a parlor. The property also includes a one and one-half story frame tobacco pack house (ca. 1916), the foundation of a greenhouse, and a pecan avenue and grove (ca. 1920), all contributing to the character of the plantation complex. The agricultural outbuildings further document the late nineteenth and early twentieth century transition of local agricultural production from an emphasis on cotton to an emphasis on tobacco. Listed in the National Register March 26, 1998.

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