Preservation Personals: South Carolina Victorian Seeks Committed Owner
You might drive past me on the streets of downtown Summerville, South Carolina, and see nothing more than a pretty Victorian with a lovely porch. But hidden beneath my charming exterior is a tumultuous past, and there’s nothing I’d love more than to settle down with an owner who’s in it for the long haul.
I was built in 1897 by William Richardson, an early mayor of Summerville, as a surprise gift for his family. His wife Euretta and two daughters loved me, and I looked forward to sheltering generations of Richardsons for years to come.
But the Richardsons sold me in 1908, starting a carousel of owners who came and left before I could barely say "hello." I soon became a popular building for hosting weddings. I watched couple after happy couple recite their vows, all the while wondering if I would ever find an owner who was willing to make an equal commitment to me.
This unhappy time culminated in 1969 with a devastating fire, destroying the back of my structure and four rear rooms. No one attempted to repair me for years, and I felt sure that my end was fast approaching. But finally, Hubert & Virginia McNaughton purchased me in 1972 and began to fix me back up. Besides repairing my back, the McNaughtons rebuilt my kitchen, added a laundry room, and created a first-floor bedroom and bath.
Today, I feel healthier and more optimistic than ever. With my four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and 1.07 acres of wooded land, I’m well-suited for a large family searching for both privacy and elegance. I even come with a guest cottage out back, perfect for visiting friends and family members.
I eagerly await my next owners, who I hope will provide the stability I’ve yearned for since I was built. Learn more about me here.