1885 Colonial Revival – Abbeville, SC

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This home has been archived on OHD. The sold status is unknown.
Added to OHD on 5/10/16   -   Last OHD Update: 11/3/19   -   24 Comments
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293 Cochran Rd, Abbeville, SC 29620

  • $94,900
  • 5 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 9.57 Ac.
Built by William Ravenel Ellis for his wife and 8 children in the late 1800's, this large 2 story house in historic Abbeville, SC is looking for the right family to help bring it back to the splendor yesteryear!!! Situated on approx. 10 acres, this fixer upper has all the charm and character necessary to restore it to its former glory. Large rooms, beautiful pine flooring, dentil molding, 14 ft. ceilings, tin roof, 2 barns & other structures, and its large wrap around porch, make this property perfect for someone wanting to live in a beautiful, peaceful setting - Abbeville, SC, known as the birthplace and deathbed of the confederacy.
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Patti Nickles, Berkshire Hathaway Cambridge Realty,
(864) 227-2577

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23 Comments on 1885 Colonial Revival – Abbeville, SC

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11982 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’m not really sure why mention Abbeville being the birthplace and death for the confederacy (link) but okay.

    Thanks Cora for sharing! I love these country southern homes. šŸ™‚

  2. LadyBelle says: 62 comments

    It does need a lot of love, but so much potential to bring back to former glory.

  3. Kim says: 1 comments

    So,Im wondering about the room with the pink and white curtains.There seems to be a curtain at the mirror part of the fire place but Im pretty sure I see an elderly mans face.Can someone tell me how that is? It doesn’t look like you can get behind the fireplace.

  4. MonicaG says: 170 comments

    The windows in the paneled room with the bright green painted mantle are so odd. Can’t figure that out at all. $135,000 (and 10 acres) is a nice incentive to restore this house. Is there ever too many fireplaces!?!?

    • CoraCora says: 2051 comments
      OHD Supporter & Moderator

      Clinton, TN

      I think the room with the green mantle and bricked-in fireplace may actually be the kitchen – they don’t show any cabinets but there may not be any built in? Not sure. Looks like it’s been empty a while.

      Removing all that paint from the mantels (I lost count of the fireplaces) would be a VERY long chore, but how beautiful it would be to bring them all back. šŸ™‚

  5. Traci says: 7 comments

    @ Kim — I see something that looks like a face too! Eeek.

  6. jewlsseven says: 84 comments

    Oh, the potential!!!! This would be so fun to restore!

  7. Jojo says: 8 comments

    Very cool house with lots of potential….gives me the creeps though and I’m not sure why

  8. Lynn says: 88 comments

    I had to go back a couple of times, but I see the “face” in the mirror as well. Would have to check that out, but I didn’t get the “creeps” at all. I just kept looking at every room thinking, “how beautiful this could be”. This would be the kind of place I would LOVE to buy and restore. Kept wondering how difficult it would be to “unbrick” and restore the fireplaces. I would really enjoy seeing “after” photos if someone does decide to make this their labor of love!

  9. John Shiflet says: 5657 comments

    “Diamond in the rough” comes to mind here but overall the house seems better than that. I come up with nine mantels in the photos so the house did not start out with central heating. Not a mansion level home but large and comfortable for a farmhouse with either a worker’s cottage or cook/servant’s home in the back. Over nine and a half acres of land come with the house so one could say the house is almost free. It would be a great property for a growing family that needs room yet has a limited budget. Plenty of opportunities abound here for contributing “sweat equity” with the results commensurate with the amount of labor and creativity put into it.

    • Cora says: 2051 comments

      I agree. I love the simplicity of the style – yet there are just a few fine details that make it special.
      I was thinking it was later than the 1885 date shown, but you’re right, it must have been built when fireplaces were the only option for heat. The lack of cabinetry in the kitchen could mean they used sideboards, Hoosier cabinets, etc. It’s interesting that cabinets were never added, though.

    • Don Carleton says: 248 comments

      I’m seriously wondering about the dating of this property. 1885 seems both too early and too late.

      The bubble-gum-green painted FP mantel in the room with the bad 1950s/60s paneling and linoleum floor looks to me to be in a folk vernacular mode that would have been awfully out-of-date for 1885. Then there’s a mantel up in one of the bedrooms, painted a kind of pale blue-green, that looks like it could date from the early 19th century.

      Indeed, the fact that John Shiflet counted no fewer than nine (!) fireplaces also makes me wonder how this could be an 1880s new-built house.

      The very symmetrical exterior with paired interior chimneys looks either too “modern” to date from the 1880s (awfully early for that sort of Colonial Revival work outside NE, let alone back-country SC) or too old, in that it could almost be late federal.

      On the other hand the fancier “two-story” mantelpieces are clearly turn-of-the century at the earliest. Of course mantels were easy to update, almost like changing the furniture. But again, I can’t imagine the owners “backdating” mantels with those two archaic folk vernacular numbers also found here…

      Bottom line: this property has a very interesting construction history/evolution that would take some real architectural-historical sleuthing to unravel!

  10. Lynn says: 12 comments

    I had the opportunity to go through this house in March and sadly it is not good. The parts not shown have major structural issues, whole back of the house is sinking. Someone enclosed the wrap around porch (not shown) and it is also a mess major structural issues. The price is really for the land that is littered with junk. Lot’s of water damage, plaster replaced with thin paneling, no kitchen or bathroom. Back of home when walking around in the yard it’s very damp and smells like sewage. I didn’t get any creepy vibes while going through the house, just very musty. My husband and I are looking for a historic home and do not mind putting some elbow grease into it but this is a rough one.

  11. Van says: 37 comments

    I’ve seen this one too.
    Several out buildings that aren’t salvageable. Old tires around large collapsing barn.
    Several thousand in clean up when you have to pay to remove tires, paint cans and who knows what.
    And yes the joist under the enclosed porch were falling out.

  12. Amanda says: 1 comments

    Omg!! First thing I’d do is rip out the carpet and linoleum. Restore all wood floors. Re open the fireplaces. Love it!

  13. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11982 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Reduced to $99,900!

  14. RonnieC says: 1 comments

    I looked at it a while back, needs a great deal of work, roof needs repairs, foundation needs repair, kitchen floor has sunk badly, kitchen totally gutted, bathroom looks like it empties out on the ground, no sign of a septic tank, totally needs rewiring, wires coming into house look bad, all the other outbuilding are in bad shape, falling down, to buy this property, you would be taking a risk…for the price, I had to pass

  15. Jay handyman says: 1 comments

    For what they are asking and what it would take to even get the house livable, u could buy a very nice home. Roof needs work, all trim on outside is roted,falling down, foundation and bottom of house in bad shape, electrical all needs replacing, kitchen has sunk,nothing in kitchen, so much work to do,, attic was full of trash as was rhe rest of property,, why would someone let a place like that fall to pieces. I have looked at pics manymany times, I am in construction business and this would be a big project, I visited the house and was very disappointed

  16. Tman says: 1 comments

    Very disappointed in this one, drove 3 hours to look at it, not livable at all, no sign of a kitchen only drain pipes coming out of floor where kitchen should be,floor joists in same room have sunk a foot or more, seems like back of house has sunk, also around the porches bad floor joists, hole in floor, lots of rot, water damage, roof problems, one bath which is questionable, electrical etc ect, u need to watch the movie, the money pic, all in all it would take $100,000.00 plus to make it right, pictures make it look better then it is , long drive for nothing

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