MAin House

Circa 1846

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places

This site is dedicated to the history and preservation of the Dantzler Plantation House. We appreciate your visit to the site

Dantzler Plantation is an example of a large farmhouse constructed some 20 years prior to the Civil War. It is a very fine example of the Greek Revival raised cottage style. The house has been in the family since construction, and is now occupied by the great great grand niece of the builder and her husband. The house was built during the period from 1846 to 1849 by Dr. Lewis Dantzler, hence the name Dantzler Plantation. Dr. Dantzler moved his family from Charleston after finishing medical school, to set up practice and farm the 16,000 acres in the original land grant, and other parcels allocated to him. Over the years, especially during the depression, portions of the land have been sold off, so that now only 80 acres of the original property remains. The house is located very close to the Providence Community of SC. We hope that you enjoy reading about this house. We do ask that you realize that it is a private residence. If you have an academic or historic research reason to visit the house, we will certainly entertain such requests, but please understand that both of us have limited availability for interested visitors.

Construction

The house is built entirely from local materials processed on the property. The first floor of the house is about six feet above ground level atop raised brick piers. The construction method is post and beam. The internal walls and ceilings are made from inch thick heart pine planks of varying width, and are stacked above the chair rail in each room. The lower part of the walls is a decorative panel attached and shimmed to the vertical posts. Most of the primary framing is 10 by 15 beams attached by mortise and tenon joints fastened with wood pegs. The secondary framing is 4 by 8 hand hewn lumber, fastened with square cut nails.