c. 1845 Greek Revival – Society Hill, SC

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957 S Main St, Society Hill, SC 29593

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  • $225,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 5000 Sq Ft
  • 18 Ac.
Historic Bellevue, circa 1845, needs additional restoration. The four chimneys have been rebuilt in the main home; the electrical system has been updated. A galvanized standing seam metal roof was installed in 2008 on main portion of the home. The kitchen and bath were removed to restore porch to its original configuration. An antebellum carriage house and cabin with double-sided fireplace are also on the property and need restoration also. Many wonderful mature trees and plantings are on the 18 acres.
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George Bullard, Bullard Realty
(843) 479-4774
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29 Comments on c. 1845 Greek Revival – Society Hill, SC

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11846 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Be sure to check out the “Photos Galore” link in the Source Links section above.

    Thanks Noelle for sharing!

  2. Laurie W. says: 1749 comments

    This gorgeous house was built by David R. Williams II & his wife Kate, who was Mary Chesnut’s adored sister; David was cousin to both Mary & James Chesnut. His descendants inherited and still occupy Mulberry Plantation in nearby Camden. SC and Southern history are profoundly bound up in this house — it’s enormously important for someone to buy it & bring it back to life. Its loss is unthinkable! I can’t think when I’ve felt more urgent about a house!

  3. Ryan says: 471 comments

    This house has some gorgeous federal features despite the late date. I’d love to be able to restore it and live there. Classy, classic design!
    Hiya Kelly, thanks so much for still keeping this thing going after all this time. I know how much you put into it, and it is appreciated!

  4. CharlestonJohn says: 1127 comments

    Society Hill is full of history and quite a few extant historic homes ranging from 18th century five bay Georgians to a beautiful Beaux-Arts mansion called Japonica Hall. The posted house has some neoclassical elements not typically seen in Greek Revival style houses such as the arched transom over the front door and the fanlight window in the front gable end. The multistory floating staircase is beautiful. There’s still quite a bit of work to do here, but the result could be spectacular.

  5. Housemouse says: 2 comments

    Fabulous house, just stunning!!!!!!!!!! Wish I had the money to buy and restore it. WOW!

  6. peeweebcpeeweebc says: 1069 comments
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    1885 Italianate.

    What a glorious place! so magical and rare, excellent photography that captures the true essence of the history behind this lovely home and the land that surrounds it. Saving to favorites!!

  7. Ross says: 2468 comments






    This house is incredible! I am freakin’ out, man!

    I would LOVE to do a gentle restoration of this house.

    • Rob says: 39 comments

      Yes, ” gentle”, perfect word. So many home “restorations” end up making the home look like it was violated.

    • Lancaster John says: 832 comments

      Yes, please, somebody please live in this without modernizing the heck out of it. I would make the necessary repairs but live with the patina of age. It is a jewel, more or less as-is.

  8. johncb says: 1 comments

    My niece just built a house here and I tried desperately to talk her into restoring one of the many falling down homes in the area.Alas,her and the husband,being in their 20s,werent interested. We drove around when we were up there for her wedding,its in the middle of nowhere !

  9. Van says: 37 comments

    Fantastic house, I say top 40. Not enough pictures inside. Do I understand correctly that the kitchen and bathrooms have been removed. I guess that would make it a clean slate.

  10. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1023 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I grew up not far from Society Hill.

    The community is rich in Revolutionary War and Civil War history. Founding values emphasized education (St. David’s Academy dates back to the 1780s) and culture (the Library Society is about 200 years old). And of course, the Pee Dee region (named for the Indian tribe) is a naturally lovely place with moss-laden trees, a long blooming season and the black-water Pee Dee River. Hartsville and Florence, with their strong business climates, colleges and amenities, are convenient to Society Hill, and bring a nice balance to the community’s rural nature.

  11. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    Oh my! such a tattered beauty. <3 I do hope she will be made beautiful again … and soon, please.

  12. Amanda says: 21 comments

    I could move to S.C. Ross is exactly right, “gentle” is the word needed here. Gorgeous house!

  13. johndrake says: 14 comments

    OK, I can’t access any of the photos of this house in “Photos Galore” on Smugmug. Can someone help??!! I really love this house!


  14. DI says: 1 comments

    We came within a hairs breath of purchasing this property several years ago and I still LOVE it. It is a gracious and refined building and much larger than it appears in photos. The owner has done a fabulous job preserving it, with an absoulte accuracy to historic detail. Also, the garden is full of historic plantings, if you are a gardener. Mike Bedenbaugh, with Pallmetto Trust, would be a great asset in the entire restoration. He loves this house and town.

    Why didn’t we buy it? Society Hill is full of S.C. history and is charming, but the location was too isolated for us at that time.

  15. David D says: 1 comments

    We might just buy the house. My wife has looked at it before, and wow. We’re able to have 2 homes and travel a lot. This deserves to be brought back to its former glory.

  16. Jan Ramey says: 26 comments

    Not anything close to what I usually love, but the house is amazing. The property appears to have every single one of my favorite Flora. Well, not every one, I am a gardener and that list is quite long. But 18 acres! Plenty of room for lots of Fauna too, as I am an animal lover.

  17. Sterling says: 11 comments

    I own a plantation home in the adjoining county purchased through this broker. He is spot on. Information for perspective buyers.

  18. CharlieM says: 5 comments

    Is this listing still active? Doesn’t appear to be based on Zillow.
    Thanks for info; I love this website!

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11846 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      Realtor.com shows contingent but continue to show however it’s not found on the agents website. If interested, contact the agent or another local agent.

  19. Miss Robin says: 1 comments

    I’m charmed by the interior of this survivor, and have no desire to seek modernization. Is the home actually livable? Are there working sinks, toilets, any sort of livability, or is it strictly for preservation purposes?

  20. AmyBeeAmyBee says: 514 comments

    OMG!!! OMG!!! OMG!!!
    This magnificent house is Southern Federal/Greek Revival PERFECTION.
    NOT only do all the interior details appear intact, but it is an historic native botanical garden outside!!!

    If money were no object, I would do everything possible to bring this incomparable house back, with as unobtrusive and sympathetic modern adaptations to modern living as possible. I would absolutely hire the best artisans and craftsman in the South and beyond! And you had better believe I would bring Mr. Bedenbaugh on board to guide and advise. I would then get some sort of historic preservation easement to ensure Bellevue is never lost to either the wreaking ball or unscrupulous developers.

    Now if only this dream comes true for someone far more deserving than me!

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