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John Calvin Wilson House, Williamsburg County (S.C. Hwy. 512, Indiantown vicinity)

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The John Calvin Wilson House is a two-story, frame central-hall farmhouse reputedly built ca. 1847. It is believed to have been constructed ca. 1847 by George Cooper for his daughter, Jane McCottry Cooper, who married John Calvin Wilson. The house is representative of the vernacular central-hall, I-House type frame farmhouse that was common throughout the United States in the early and middle nineteenth century. With its hewn, pegged, heavy timber braced frame, the house is also representative of the building technology of the eighteenth and early nineteenth century in South Carolina. A shed roofed, one-story “Carolina” or “rain porch” supported by four stuccoed brick columns spans the fašade. The windows are nine-over-nine with paneled shutters. The rear porch, originally similar to the front, was enclosed in the 1870s and two new brick chimneys were built for the created rooms. A one-story frame wing was added to the rear in 1939. John Calvin Wilson served in the Forty Second General Assembly of South Carolina and was a successful planter. Wilson died in Jackson Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, of complications from a thigh wound sustained in the Battle of Cold Harbor. The property includes two contributing original brick outbuildings. Listed in the National Register June 28, 1982.

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