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Marsh-Johnson House

Marsh-Johnson House Interior Restoration Project

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Wayne Shaw, Third Generation Construction, LLC, Dr. Bela Herlong, Chairman of the Board, Saluda County Historical Society, Andrew Shaw and Daniel Patterson, Third Generation Construction, LLC, stand in front of a door from the Mount Willing House built in the 1770s.

 

The Saluda County Historical Society continues its efforts to restore the inside of the Marsh-Johnson house in order to make it a house museum that is safe for visitors.

The Marsh-Johnson House, an excellent example of a plantation plain house, has withstood the elements for over 200 years in its own little corner of Saluda County, symbolizing the owner’s prosperity and status in the Carolina upcountry in the 18thand 19th centuries.

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Marsh-Johnson House Restoration

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The Marsh-Johnson House, an excellent example of a plantation plain house, has withstood the elements for over 200 years in its own little corner of what is now Saluda County. This house symbolized the owner's prosperity and status in the Carolina upcountry in the 18th and 19th centuries.

1st Day of Siding

1st Day of restoration, note long walls and clapboard inside shed rooms. The shed rooms were added in the middle 1960s from boards removed from the torn down “ell” and separate dining room and kitchen.
An ell is an extension of a building which is at right angles to the main part of the building.
The file on the M-J house from the 1990s, when the Historical Society first received the house, mentions the ell. Someone came by and remembered where the ell was located.

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The Marsh-Johnson House

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The Marsh-Johnson House — placed on the National Register of Historic Places June 17, 1982 — is located in the southwest portion of what is now Saluda County (Old Edgefield District) about two miles off Highway 121, that today links Saluda and Johnson.
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2011 Picnic

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The Historic Marsh-Johnson House in rural Saluda County was the site of the Annual Picnic of the Saluda County Historical Society. Members and guests toured the Marsh-Johnson House and ate a delicious picnic lunch under the huge spreading pecan trees in the back yard of the house. These trees are the biggest pecan trees I have ever seen, with two limbs spreading over 50 feet. An interview with Tupper Johnson in 1981 mentions “the big pecan tree” in relationship to the separate kitchen. Tupper Johnson’s grandfather purchased the house in 1846. This means the pecan tree is probably at least 165 years old.

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