The State of the House

I had a friend ask me, ” What the heck is a one dollar cottage?”

Good question.

One Dollar Cottage was originally started as a blog to document the restoration of our house. It has since taken over my antiques business, and my blog has expanded as well.

This all started two years ago. My mother was in the hospital having back surgery. My husband came over at lunch time to come sit with me and my father, and asked me, “Have you ever noticed that house up on the hill by the dam on Highway 14?”

He drove me over there. This is what I saw…

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It was love at first sight. Just like the first time I saw my husband, of course!

The house was abandoned and vandalized. The house is three stories, plus a cellar. You could tell by the finishes of the house that this was no ordinary farmhouse. The people that built it had money. I started doing some research, and lo and behold! The house has its own website and a Wikipedia! Incorrect, of course.

My husband located the owner. 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 house itself, for one dollar, and move it.

On Mother’s Day 2012, my husband told me I was now the proud owner of “One Dollar Cottage!”

We fell in love with it before we knew that it was listed on the National Historic Registry, but now that we know we are even more dedicated to restoring the house to its former glory.

I won’t go in to a detailed history of the house, I will just hit the high points! The house was built in 1880 for the president of Pelham Manufacturing, Arthur Barnwell. The Barnwells are a very old South Carolina family, from the Low Country. There is an Arthur Barnwell plantation near Beaufort, and they owned one of the homes on the Battery in Charleston.

The house was next owned by Barnwell’s son-in-law, Macmillan King. Then the house was owned by the family that would have it the longest, the DeCamps family. Sometimes the house is referred to as the Barnwell-DeCamps House. From what I can determine, they owned the house for almost 50 years. The family moved to Beaufort for a time, and they came back in the 1950’s. This picture was taken when they came back, and the house had its first restoration. This is the earliest photograph of the house that I am aware of.

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After the restoration, it looked like this…

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Then the family moved away again, and the house was occupied by caretakers until the 1970’s. The Williams family purchased the house, and once again the house was restored. Lee Williams is the one who underwent the lengthy process of having the house listed on the National Register, in March 1982. This is how the house looked after the Williams restoration…

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The Williams family had to relocate to Oklahoma, and the house was sold to the Cordovano family. The house underwent another change…

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And then the Newsome family got her! When we got her she looked like this…

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The first thing we had to figure out was where we were going to move this thing.

You can’t plop a 4500 square foot Queen Anne Victorian just anywhere. It had to look like it belonged there. And it had to be a large enough piece of property. And it couldn’t be far away, because moving pieces of a huge house is not an easy feat.

We finally found some property a couple of miles away.

We worked on getting the house ready to be moved all during the summer of 2012. All five chimneys had to be disassembled, and all of them were three stories tall.

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Then we disassembled the foundations.

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Then we cleaned and stacked the brick from the chimneys and the foundation. That is a LOT of brick, let me tell you.

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We removed any mantles, doors, and shutters that we could. We removed marble from fireplaces, found the pieces of the bannister that vandals had destroyed, window weights that remained, and anything else we could find.

Then the house mover started cutting the house in to 10 pieces, and it came apart.

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And then it moved…

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We laid out the foundation…

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Dug the root cellar and poured the footings…

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And then it started to rain. And it didn’t stop all summer. And my house sat there in pieces. The ground was just too wet to get any equipment in to finish the job. Sigh.

The house mover came to put it back together, and discovered that after sitting there for so long, some beams needed to be replaced before everything could be reattached. Now that is done!

The house mover will now be coming back, and I should have more interesting news soon!

Kary

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House Moving Update…7/15/13

I wish I had some good news to report…the rain has us at a standstill! The house mover was ready to get started putting her back together two weeks ago, but a day has not gone by without rain. Until the ground dries up a little, we can’t get the machinery in. Hopefully I will have better news next Monday!

I want to walk through my house again! I miss you, Arthur Barnwell House!

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Moving Update…May 6, 2013

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in so long! We have kind of been at a standstill. As of March 29th, the house has officially been moved!

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That is where the house used to be…

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And this is where it is now…

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Eight of the ten pieces are across the street from our property, waiting to be put in to place. The piece that has the kitchen, screened porch, back hall, back stairs, butlers pantry, and dining room is on our property….

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And the gazebo is on our property…Now we are waiting for the house mover to finish a project he is working on, and he will be back to put it all back together. He told us it should be around the first of May, so hopefully we will be getting started on Phase II soon!

Kary

Sometimes I link to:

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

Moving Update…January 23, 2013

Big news today! The ground is finally drying out and they are finally getting the foundation ready! Woo hoo! We are hoping to get the concrete poured tomorrow, just in time for the predicted “winter event” on Friday!

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That is my gazebo…

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That is the bay window in my secondary parlor, the parlor, and one side of the veranda…

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And a couple of shots of the back yard.

Wish us luck!

Kary

Sometimes I link up at these parties…

Monday: Skip to my Lou, Between Naps on the Porch, Jam Hands, Home Stories A-Z, How to Nest for Less, Today’s Creative Blog, Thrifty Décor Chick, Not Just a Housewife, Boogieboard Cottage,Time Warp Wife, Chef In Training, The Ivy Cottage Blog, Holly’s Stamping Addiction, Serendipity and Spice, Homestead Revival

Tuesday: Bowl Full of Lemons, Organize & Decorate Everything, Primitive and Proper, homework, Tilly’s Nest, Elizabeth & Co., Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Project Queen, Sugar Bee Crafts, Time Warp Wife, Coastal Charm, The DIY Dreamer

Wednesday: House of Hepworths, Shabby Creek Cottage, Ivy and Elephants, Someday Crafts, the 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, seven thirty-three, Semi-Homemade Mom, The Real Housewives of Riverton, lil pink pocket, Stone Gable, No Minimalist Here, A Creative Princess, Savvy Southern Style

Thursday: The Coloradolady, Common Ground,Five Days Five Ways , My Romantic Home, Delightful Order, Imparting Grace, My Repurposed Life, Liz Marie Blog, Redoux,

Friday: Tatertots & Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Six Sisters Stuff, Serenity Now, Whipperberry, Nap Time Crafters, Sew Many Ways, Fox Hollow Cottage

Saturday: Positively Splendid

Sunday: Alderberry Hill, Flour Me With Love, Stone Gable, This Gal Cooks, Nifty, Thrifty Things

Arthur Barnwell House in the news…

How cool is this! My mom called to tell me that she opened the Greenville News and saw a picture of our house…two thirds of it anyway!

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The weather has been so bad for the past few weeks that we are kind of stuck…we have the second and third floors moved, and are waiting for the rain to stop and the ground to dry up so that we can get the first floor jacked up and moved.

You can click here if you want to see us in the paper.