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 (3).

  • 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 —
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  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • ? – John Rosborough acquired the property (2, XII: 51).

  • ? – House built (2, XII: 51)

    John Rosborough built a house (2, XII: 51).

    It is unclear what became of this home.

  • ? – John Rosborough's son, Dr. James Thomas Rosborough, acquired the plantation (2, XII: 51).

  • Circa 1842 – Dr. James Thomas Rosborough moved to Texas and sold the plantation to James Buchanan Coleman (2, XII: 51).

  • 1853 – House built (1, p. 2)

    James Buchanan Coleman built the present brick house (3).

  • 1865 – This home served as the headquarters for Confederate General Beauregard when he evacuated Columbia in the face of Sherman's Army (1, p. 3)

  • 1872 – James Buchanan Coleman died. His widow, Lucy Ascenith Hines Davis Coleman, inherited the house (3).

    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 (3).

  • 1960s – The Ridgeway Garden Club purchased the house (3).

  • 2007 – The house was renovated.

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


  • 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 – Cotton (4)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The house's bricks were made at the plantation and the walls are one-foot thick (3).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1971
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  3. Information contributed by Angie Arndt.

  4. Information contributed by Steven Durham whose great-great grandfather, James Buchanan Coleman, owned the plantation. Steven and his brother own 33 acres in Simpson which was part of the plantation's orignal property.

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

    Telephone: 803-337-2213
    Website: Click here

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