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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.



Marsh-Johnson House - New Year's Eve 1999
Marsh-Johnson House - New Year's Eve 1999

 

Architectural Features

The Marsh-Johnson House in architecturally significant as an example of an early upcountry plantation home. The house is built along simple lines, but close inspection reveals exceptional workmanship and detail.

The most outstanding exterior feature of the house is the two end chimneys. Each double-hipped chimney is laid in Flemish bond and features glazed headers, as do the massive brick piers under the house. The exterior of the log building is sheeted in beaded weatherboarding.

Interior features which indicate fine workmanship include wide beaded flush paneling and a simple chair rail. Two six-foot mantels, although lowered about one foot, remain the focal points of the two downstairs rooms.

 

Marsh-Johnson House - December 2001
Marsh-Johnson House with Newly Rebuilt Chimney - December 2001

 

House Genealogy

  • In 1773 Ogden Cockroft received this land as a Royal Land Grand of 300 acres.
  • Mr. Cockroft sold "…all that plantation or tract of land…" to Bryan Marsh in 1804.
  • The house first appears on the Mills Map of Edgefield District (1825) as a residence of "Capt. B. Marsh".
  • In 1846 the plat of an adjoining plantation shows that the land belonged to Josiah Howell.
  • In 1847 Isaac Johnson of the Old Barnwell District purchased the land from Mr. Howell.
  • The Johnson family kept the property until 1945, at which time John Henry Hazel bought the house and 225 acres.
  • The house was deeded to Virginia Trotter Witt, granddaughter of John Henry Hazel, along with 62 acres in 1978.
  • Ms. Witt donated the house and one acre to the Saluda County Historical Society in 1990.
 

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