Arthur Barnwell House c. 1880

The pictures above were taken prior to 1982, when the house was granted historic status.

Pictures we have taken since we found the house and during the renovation are here on Flickr.

We found our house abandoned and vandalized.  The owner had no interest in the house, just in the commercial value of the property it sat on, so my husband negotiated with him to buy the “One Dollar Cottage” itself and move it so that it can be preserved.  We fell in love with it before we knew about its historic status, but now that we know we are even more dedicated to restoring the house to its former glory. 

We secured all of the architectural elements that had not been stolen or destroyed, stabilized the house, and cleared the property it sat on so that we could move it to its new home. The house mover cut the house into ten pieces. A crane was used to remove the pieces of the third and second floors. The pieces were loaded on to handmade trailers, and the house was transported piece by piece to its new location a few miles away.

(Barnwell-DeCamps House) The Arthur Barnwell House is reputed to have been built between 1880 and 1900 by the Pelham Manufacturing Company as a residence for its first president, Arthur Barnwell, in conjunction with Pelham Mills. The house is significant for its association with the development of Pelham Mills, a cotton factory established in the 1880s, and architecturally as the only local example of the Queen Anne style. The mill village and mill ruins are located on the opposite bank of the Enoree River from the Barnwell House. The house is a two-and-one-half story wood frame residence supported by a brick pier foundation. Its irregular plan features two two-story polygonal bays projecting opposite each other on the northeast and southwest elevations and a one-story kitchen ell projecting from the northwest elevation. The house is sheathed in shiplap siding and has a steep gable roof. Exterior decorative features include white-painted horizontal and vertical boards contrasting with the yellow siding, which serve to define and delineate the fenestration of the first and second stories. Two interior and one exterior brick chimneys are located on the main block of the house. The roofing is modern composition shingle over the original metal roof. Located a short distance north of the house is a large barn featuring a raised brick foundation with common bond and round arch ventilation openings, mortise and tenon frame construction, a cross gable roof with monitor, weatherboard and shingle wall covering, and a raised seam metal roof. Listed in the National Register March 19, 1982.

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14 thoughts on “Arthur Barnwell House c. 1880

  1. As the previous owner who restored it and got it on the National Register I am thrilled beyond words to have it preserved and loved again. My family and myself will be eternally thankful for Kary and John Newsome and their courage.


      • I am so glad that you have finally met Jon and I am only sad I cannot be there too. I think we would be a powerful threesome. I watch from afar filled with emotion. I am happy it is becoming a reality at last. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lee


  2. This is so exciting. I am so happy y’all are fixing up my favorite house. Way Way Way cool!!!!!
    i would love a tour when complete……Charles 864-354-4900


  3. The DeCamps part of the name was a distant relative of mine – Uncle Earnest. His children are deceased, but there are grandchildren living in other parts of the country. Thanks you for taking care of this lovely home. I have fond memories of visiting when I was a child.


  4. Hi! Just found your blog through some random Googling. My inlaws live at 560 Abner Creek, and we’ve all been wondering how the house is coming along? They can’t wait to see it finished and are so excited to see the final product – we’re antsy, haha! Can you give an update, would love to hear how things are going?


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