A 230-year-old tabby home in South Carolina listed last week for $2.65 million.
The Federal-style home in Beaufort, South Carolina, dates to 1789 and is “one of a handful” of two-story buildings in the U.S. made from tabby, a kind of concrete made with oyster shells, according to the listing with Edward Dukes of Lowcountry Real Estate in Beaufort.
It’s also one of the largest tabby dwellings in town, as well as “the earliest structure built on a ‘T’ shaped plan known to survive,” according to the Library of Congress.
Known as the Elizabeth Barnwell Gough House, the 8,120-square-foot residence was built for its namesake by her brother. Their father was a notable Beaufort figure, Col. Nathaniel Barnwell, and the home was a grand estate in the community at the time.
The home was a microcosm for the Civil War, as one of Barnwell Gough’s grandsons, Robert Barnwell Rhett, was a leader of the Southern secessionist movement prior to war, according to an application to have the home landmarked in 1972. During the conflict, however, the house, along with other local buildings, served as a Union hospital.
Some of the interior finishes were sold by the owner of the home during the Great Depression, including paneling from the ballroom and other trim, according to the Library of Congress. The home was saved by a conservationist couple who purchased it in the 1970s. They eventracked down paneling that was sold from the house and restored it.
Original details that remain in the home include 12-inch plank floor and countertops made from heart pine, cypress paneling, moldings, and mantels for the eight fireplaces, according to the listing. There’s also a ballroom on the second floor that opens to a veranda and all the leaded glass windows have been preserved.
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