Century House Plantation - Ridgeway Fairfield County South Carolina SC

Century House Plantation – Ridgeway – Fairfield County

Century House Plantation - Fairfield County, South Carolina
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Basic Information

  • Location – Ridgeway, Fairfield County

    170 S. Dogwood Ave

  • Origin of name – Christened the Century House when the Ridgeway Garden Club purchased it in the 1960s, approximately 100 years after the house's construction.

  • Other names – Coleman House, Brick House

  • Current status – Serves as Ridgeway Town Hall

Century House Plantation Circa 1890 - Fairfield County, South Carolina
— Century House Plantation Circa 1890 © Contributed by Angie Arndt —

Timeline

  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1853 – House built (National Register, p. 2)

    James Buchanan Coleman built the house.

  • 1865 – The Century House was used as the headquarters for Confederate General Beauregard when they evacuated Columbia due to Sherman's Army (National Register, p. 3)

  • 1872 – James Buchanan Coleman died. His widow, Lucy Ascenith Hines Davis Coleman inherited the house.

    After her husband's death, Mrs. Coleman ran a boarding house at her home due to its proximity to the Ridgeway depot.

  • 1891 – Lucy Ascenith Hines Davis Coleman, known as Miss Cenie, passed away.

  • 1960s – The Ridgeway Garden Club purchased the house.

  • 2007 – The house was renovated.

  • ? – The Century House became Ridgeway's town hall.

Land

  • Number of acres – Angie Arndt shares with us, "[I am] not sure of the number of acres, but the plantation was said to have stretched to a road called the Devil's Race Track (still called that today) more than seven miles away."

  • Primary crop – ?

Owners

  • Chronological list – James Buchanan Coleman (?-1872); Lucy Ascenith Hines Davis Coleman (1872-1891); Ridgeway Garden Club (1960s-present, 2012)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • The house's bricks were made at the plantation and the walls are one-foot thick.

Web Resources

Print Resources

Contact Information
  • Town of Ridgeway
    170 South Dogwood Avenue
    Ridgeway, SC 29130

    Telephone: 803-337-2213
    Website: Click here





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