"Albion" is approximately 4,600 square feet and is a true Southern Antebellum Plantation on 129.81 acres of timberland, meadows, dry creek beds and hills that also houses a formerly working timber farm. On the National Historic Registry, it is considered "one of the finest examples of 19th century plantation construction in South Carolina" and has been in the same family since being built in 1840 until its sale to the current owners.
Alexander Douglass, who was a planter and wagon builder, had the home constructed along Colonial lines by Jedidiah Coulter a young contractor who had been constructing fine homes of the same style throughout Chester County, South Carolina prior to taking on the job of building “Albion". Mr. Coulter’s signature palmetto leaf design and flowering tulip are unique to his designs. Most of the lumber was provided by Mr. Douglass from his property.
This imposing structure is located on an elevated site at the head of a tree-lined, gated entryway with an original Winnsboro Blue Granite horse block/carriage step still in place along with many Blue Granite fence posts around the property and is also complemented by an old timber/log barn (which was the original residence) and a 28x40 workshop in the process of being rebuilt by the current owner.
With entrances on all four sides, the home is fronted by a completely restored two-story piazza supported by ten large columns and enclosed with picketed banisters; the entire second floor is covered by a gabled roof that extends over the upper piazza and is topped by a striking gabled dormer; the side porches are roofed as well.
The spacious interior is graced by original hardwood floors, elegant mantels over the eight fireplaces, fanlights, tall windows, rosettes, cornices and moldings, all period authentic. The first floor consists of a large eat-in kitchen (with mostly new appliances), mudroom, formal dining room, large parlor/library (with back stairway), formal living room, and large bedroom with private bathroom and its own entrance and porch. It could be used as a first floor master bedroom or as an in-law or guest suite.
The second floor is reached from the front hall by a winding three story staircase (including third floor attic and storage access) and includes a large master suite and two large bedrooms with a shared bath and extensive back hall storage cabinets. Kitchen and bathrooms were updated by the original owners so as to avoid damaging the character and authenticity of the home.
If privacy is what you seek, "Albion" is secluded, peaceful and well separated from neighbors. The property has been extensively restored and updated by the current owners including the installation of three new HVAC units, repair and/or replacement of any exterior wood trim or siding where needed including matching custom made wooden shutters followed by the hand application of three coats of specialized paint and the installation of new six inch seamless gutters.
A registered Forester completed a site inspection in 2021 and is ready to implement a timber management plan encompassing the site’s five distinct stands of differing timber types so as to generate periodic cash flow from timber operations, beginning if/when a new owner desires.
The location is handy to historic Winnsboro for shopping, medical, public and private schools and to I-77, which makes it convenient to both Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC. Water recreation is readily available with Lake Monticello to the west and Lake Wateree to the East on the Fairfield County borders. With an acceptable offer most furnishings will convey.
For a private viewing contact Sean at 803-718-0909.