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1892 Greek Revival

Easy Days

Wonderful Large Home in Historic District!
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Bedrooms 6
Full Baths 6
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 6,400
Stories 3
Acres 0.5
Lot Size 150 X 150

Features.

  • 1st Floor Bath
  • Attic
  • Breakfast Room
  • Den
  • Dining room
  • Entry Hall
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Room
  • Living room
  • Unfinished Basement
  • Master bedroom upstairs
  • 2 Car Garage
  • Driveway - Dirt
  • Fenced Yard
  • Fresh paint
  • Garden
  • Guest House
  • Porch
  • Built-in Bookcases
  • Built-in Cabinets
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Fireplaces
  • Original wood windows
  • Wood floors
  • Shingle Roof
  • City sewer
  • City water supply
  • Range
  • Refrigerator
  • Claw-foot Tub(s)
  • Sleeping Porch
  • Wrap Around Porch

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EASY DAYS was built around 1892 by Mr. Lamar who according to newspaper accounts was a very nice man until he over-imbibed. While "in his cups", he believed the Mayor had insulted him and went looking for the Mayor with his favorite gun. The sheriff found out and met up with Mr. Lamar in what is now The Alley. Words were exchanged, shots rang out. The song, "I Shot the Sheriff" could have been written about that gunfight. Sadly, Mr. Lamar also died.


His widow turned the home into a retreat for Coastal residents seeking refuge from the "noxious vapors". One picture shows visitors waving from the windows. The tall brick wall surrounding the property is original. Rumors state that the broken glass on the top was to keep cats from sitting on the wall and howling!


Within a few years the house was sold to Mr. Joseph (Joe) Stevens of Long Island, New York, who named the house "Easy Days". Aiken had been "discovered" by wealthy Northerners and became their Winter Colony. The Astors built next door and the Vanderbilts across the street. Exterior improvements included the Doric columns, bay windows and the wraparound porch. Also added was the kitchen/servants' wing and the 3 - bay carriage house with servants' quarters. The interior is basically the same, with the grand central staircase and heart of pine flooring throughout.


Mr. Stevens' guest book will be presented to the each new set of owners. One visitor, Kermit Roosevelt, son of President Teddy Roosevelt, reportedly had some wild times in Aiken. Joe Stevens was a crack polo player and selected by Teddy Roosevelt as a Rough Rider. Stevens was mentioned several times in Roosevelt's book, The Rough Riders, including a reference to him as one "of our best men."


Another entry notes the house was rented to an Italian noblewoman. It's believed she directed the laying of the brick walkways in the gracious gardens. The walks are laid two bricks deep to prevent roots from pushing them up.


There were two more distinguished owners prior to purchase by the present owners in 1990. With only four owners, there is extensive history and information available about the minor changes made to the property during the last 113 years!


Archived in March, 2011

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