Marshalsea is a jewel overlooked by many who have explored the history of Pendleton, South Carolina. When completed in 1821 this property was intended as a jail for the upper historic Pendleton district. “Marshalsea”, as it was named when it became a private home, is almost as old as Pendleton, itself. This large stately historic structure is on 2.3 acres and located just off Pendleton Village Square.
This South Carolina state building was commissioned in 1819 and designed by SC native, “Robert Mills”, a famed architect in both South Carolina and US history. The native Charlestonian is credited for the design and construction of this site and others listed on the National Register of Historic Places in both SC and nationally……of these are the Washington Monument, the White House in the “new capital” and the The Robert Mills House in Charleston. Construction was completed in 1821 and Robert Mills inspected the site in 1823. Due to changes in the county seat… the building was never used for its original purpose. In 1828 the property became the site for Pendleton Female Academy, a private school, operated for 76 years. This fine academy was considered at the time as one of the most notable schools for the education of young ladies the state and nationally.
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’s, the home was bought by Clyde C Nicely and Mary Greer Nicely and was used as a residence and a boarding house during the Great depression. This home remained in the Nicely family by their daughter, Mary Lou Nicely Evans and her husband John G Evans, Sr. In the 1950’s the home went under a major renovation designed and supervised by a Clemson University Architecture professor. Though modernized this historical site has maintanined the integrity of its original Robert Mills’ design. This lovely home situated on 2.3 acres with accesses off both Queen Street and 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. 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. Recently an appraiser walk thru the house and was impressed by the 16 inch interior and exterior walls, the solid hardwood floors thoughout, the easy slope wide-step stairwell, the amount of land on the propery and how very quiet the house was so near to downtown Pendleton. This stately beautiful house is a true showplace.
The home which has had updates over its years of services… offers you four spacious bedrooms and two 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 living/family room which runs the width of the house. 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 porch entrance… you have your smaller parlor/library for those more intimate occasions. The west wing, added later, has a large study or first floor bedroom as well as the main floor bathroom and a large eat in kitchen. Stairs located here allow you to access the basement of the home from inside. The basement also has a doorway to the grounds. For many years this area served as the primary kitchen. The home’s 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 living needs, but most recently for storage. This is a perfect place for a guest house, studio….
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, September 24th. Here you will be able to bid and set your price for this Rare Carolina property.
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