1854 Greek Revival
Liberty Hill, South Carolina
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|Heated Sq. Ft.||5,096|
More About This HouseThe Columns. This Antebellum estate located in Liberty Hill, SC is a premier Greek Revival home; probably named for the two porches lined with large fluted Doric columns. Located on 25 acres, part of a high narrow plateau that affords a beautiful and extensive view into four counties with remarkable views of the Catawba/Wateree River Valley, the home was built by James Shropshire Thompson between 1850-1854. Thompson hired noted architect Robert Hamilton to design the 5,097 square foot house that would be constructed of large kiln-dried timbers. Hamilton and the builders felt the framework timbers should settle before the interior of the house was constructed so the house took four years to build. For 168 years this has been the Thompson family home, seven generations of the Thompson family have grown-up at The Columns.
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places, this is more than a home; it is a piece of history, a unique architectural design marking both the time and geographic region. This rare home has six bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, parlor, den, eat-in kitchen, dining room and two expansive porches, front and back. Everything about the home speaks to a bygone era of hand-built quality. Beginning with the brick steps leading to the column-lined front porch, through massive double doors to the great hall entrance, one is awe-struck by the workmanship. Inside, the home has heart pine wide board floors throughout and multiple fireplaces. The main floor has 14 foot ceilings, master suite off the den, prodigious pocket doors leading to the parlor and the dining room, curved wall accommodating the large curved stairway with mahogany handrail, and molding, the likes of which will never be seen again. The upper level has 12 foot ceilings and is comprised of 4 interconnecting bedrooms as well as 2 loft areas. A ground level space opens to the back and includes a mud room, laundry and extra storage space. Throughout the home, one is struck by the space, exhibited by exceptional large rooms, high ceilings and the vast great hall traversing the first floor. Towering floor-to-ceiling windows provide natural lighting and astonishing views of this special land.
The grounds include mature trees and landscaping with a garden area with screened patio; reminiscent of Old World estates. Hand-hewed granite fence posts remain in place along the front of the property. The property has a large storage building/shop suitable for multiple purposes. The building has power and water and includes an attached equipment shed.
Truly a rare opportunity, this estate bridges the gap between a bygone era and our hyper-connected world; located close to all amenities but a private world into itself. Ideal for additional homes; unprecedented special events venue; or a home in which to build generations of memories. Not for everyone but for those seeking the exceptional quality of true craftsmanship of a previous century and the privacy/escape from the daily grind of today’s world, The Columns is a scarce and extraordinary gem.
Surrounding AreaLiberty Hill, South Carolina. Liberty Hill was established circa 1813 near Peter Garlick’s store, a gathering place for farmers of the surrounding country. Although the origin of the name is unknown, it is believed the community was named by patriotic settlers celebrating their newfound freedom after the Revolutionary War. Located on a high narrow plateau affords a beautiful and extensive view over a large amphitheater into four counties.
Wealthy planters built mansions in the area during the period 1830-1860 and the community was one of the richest in South Carolina. That prosperity ended following the Civil War. Today it is a vibrant community where historic preservation intersects progress; a tranquil setting just a short drive from metropolitan centers, Columbia, SC, the SC state capital, and Charlotte, NC. The historic town of Camden, SC is less than 30 minutes away.
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