Marshalsea is the jewel that is overlooked by many who have explored the history of Pendleton, South Carolina. Intended as a jail for the upper district and later named “Marshalsea” when it became a private home… is almost as old as Pendleton, itself.
Constructed in the 1820’s as a jail under the direction of famed state architect “Robert Mills,” who is credited for many similar structures through-out the state. In fact… many of his buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places… least of these is the first Washington Monument and design and construction of the White House in the “new capital”
Due to changes in the county seat… the building was never used as its original purpose but, in 1828 the property became home to a female academy which was considered at the time as one of the most notable schools for education of young ladies in the state.
In 1919, the property was sold to Mrs. W.W. Simmons who made it her residence and also who named the home “Marshalsea” which is described in the Charles Dickens novel “Little Dorritt”
In 1930, the home was transferred to the Evans family who has been the caretaker for this stately home since.
The home is located on Queen Street just West of the “Village Green” and the notable “Farmers Hall” which dates just after our home’s construction. Situated on three acres with access off of both Queen Street as well as Mechanic Street offers you many options for the properties future use and development.
The home was built to not only perform its original function but built to last for decades. The double stacked brick walls which go from its foundation floor through to the second floor, makes the old adage... “Solid as a Rock” a reality.
The home which has had updates over its years of services… offers you four spacious bedrooms and 2 full baths. Next to your kitchen is your formal dining room… and on the east side of the home as you enter is the large family room. At the rear you have the grand covered porch, which is more a daily destination where you can sit and rock all your troubles away.
From this entrance… you have your smaller parlor for those more intimate occasions. The west wing, which was added later, has a large study or first floor bedroom as well as the main floor bathroom. This is where the stairs are located… that allow you to access the basement of the home from inside the house. Part of the lower level which also has a doorway to the grounds, served as the primary cooking kitchen for many years. The home roof was replaced in 2017 with 30-year architectural shingles. Also, on the property is a smaller home which has been used over the years for a variety of needs, but over the last few years has served as storage.
Now… after almost 200 years… your opportunity to purchase this magnificent home and property located in what is purported to be second only to Charleston, SC as the state’s largest site of historic properties. The property will be offered at auction on Tuesday, July 23rd. Here you will be able to bid and set your price for this Rare Carolina property.