September 1, 2017

Preservation Personals: South Carolina Victorian Seeks Sophisticated Owners

  • By: Carson Bear

Like many South Carolina homes, I exude a certain gentility and elegance, which has been lovingly maintained since Mr. Conrad Earhardt built me in 1888. After his daughter and her husband’s family lived here for more than four generations, I was purchased by my current owner. My owner has been keeping me modern with updates like central air, but I was also renovated to show off my original beauty. I was listed on the National Register for Historic Homes in 1983, and I’m now part of Bamberg, South Carolina’s historic district.

Imagine yourself spending a lazy afternoon on my sweeping front porch with a glass of sweet tea in hand, enjoying the lull of my soothing antique fountain under the shade of large oak trees. Cross through double-front doors into my foyer, which features 12-foot ceilings, restored pine flooring, and twinkling chandeliers. In total, there are 16 unique chandeliers scattered throughout my interior—several of which include their original medallions. Two large sitting rooms, complete with opulent fireplaces, are situated to the left and right of the foyer.

But my favorite room is the kitchen, which encompasses the bottom third of the entire house. Exposed beams found during my renovation now grace the kitchen ceilings. Top-notch appliances, granite countertops, a single bowl farmhouse-style sink, and other finishing touches make the kitchen magazine-worthy.

Take in views of lush oaks and palms from my upstairs sleeper porch, which faces the backyard, or unwind in my spacious master bedroom. Built-in drawers just outside the main bedroom—crafted by my current owner—add a special touch to the second floor. They lead to a walk-in closet and master bath whose centerpiece is a pristine, claw-footed tub.

I await my new owners, who will be as dedicated to Southern refinery and sophistication as I am. Learn more about me here.

Front view of South Carolina Victorian home.

photo by: Carolyn Day

11731 Heritage Highway, Bamberg, South Carolina 29003.

Renovated kitchen in South Carolina Victorian home.

photo by: Carolyn Day

The renovated kitchen is my pièce de résistance.

Backyard with palms in South Carolina Victorian home.

photo by: Carolyn Day

Relax under the shade of palms and oaks in my backyard.

Carson Bear is an Editorial Assistant at the National Trust. She’s passionate about combining popular culture with historic places, and loves her 200-year-old childhood farmhouse in Pennsylvania.

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