c. 1890 – Prosperity, SC

Added to OHD on 10/24/18   -   Last OHD Update: 9/30/19   -   62 Comments
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208 Mcneary St, Prosperity, SC 29127

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  • $69,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 1 Bath
  • 3700 Sq Ft
  • 1.3 Ac.
The Wyche-Derrick House (ca: 1890) is a glorious example of vernacular Queen Anne architecture and the birthplace of C Granville Wyche. It rests on over an acre and is sheltered by huge trees. Floors, walls, ceilings, ornate trim, exterior siding. .. all heart pine. The exterior siding is wrapped in aluminum which is surely one of the reasons it is so well preserved. This sturdy home has survived over 125 years! It is rare to find a home that has not been stripped of its original woodwork and windows, but she has waited patiently. .. waited. .. waited for the right person to come along and dress her up! Downstairs you will find double doors with sidelights and windows above. There are 3 bay windows, , oversized French doors, all original mantles, soaring ceilings, gorgeous original hardware, solid wood columns and. .. that staircase. .. oh my, that staircase! The upstairs has the same high ceilings and huge window heights. Many of the windows feature the original wavy glass! Prosperity is a charming small town located halfway between Charlotte, NC and Charleston, SC and minutes from Lake Murray and Columbia, SC. Google search the towns of Prosperity, Newberry and Chapin, SC to get a feel for just how special this region of the state is. The home is just 2 blocks from Prosperity's Town Square, so restaurants are within walking distance. This National Register-eligible property is also eligible to be rezoned for any number of uses! SELLING AS-IS ONLY. No kitchen. No bath. No HVAC.
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Elaine Gillespie, The Carolina Agent Group
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62 Comments on c. 1890 – Prosperity, SC

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  1. Tony D says: 78 comments

    Isn’t that mirror wonderful?….I would buy it just for that!

  2. Todd Edward McFarland says: 12 comments

    interesting! no plaster all wood walls.

  3. JullesJulles says: 529 comments
    OHD Supporter

    A very worthwhile project house. Restored it could be quite a beautiful home. I’ve never seen a baseboard trim like this, or the fireplace mantle, and those windows are quite different. Has anyone else? Is this a case of a Folk Victorian where the builder was very creative?

  4. painted ladies says: 13 comments

    wow!!! and in a great location.

  5. Mustachman says: 10 comments

    I’ll take it,dirt and all. What a beauty and all that gingerbread dripping off the peaks. She could be a stunner

  6. Ross says: 2531 comments

    This is a totally fascinating house.


  7. MidwestBecky says: 41 comments

    What a charmer — I love her! Those balusters would make me at least 20 percent more cheerful every day.

  8. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1003 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    First thing I noticed (after the pretty woodwork and the abundant windows) was the linoleum. So I want to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation for this practical, eco-friendly and charming vintage floor covering. And as others are saying, linoleum rugs are so rare these days, and usually cost a major bundle. So I hope the buyer will appreciate them and handle any damaged rugs with care.

    • FLWrightFLWright says: 2 comments
      1978 Contemporary
      Bristol, VA

      I have seen linoleum rugs restored using linseed oil. Not sure of the process exactly and probably a time consuming project. If the rug only has minor damage, it might be worth the effort.

  9. Lisa says: 3 comments

    Although the Lino rugs are beautiful and rare, they also become extremely brittle. I purchased a house in about the same condition that had Lino rugs throughout. Every single one could not be saved. It was heart breaking but nothing could be done about it.

    • GloriaH says: 85 comments

      I’m glad you mentioned this. My house has the same things and like every other flooring, they do not last forever. The dry out, crack and end up in pieces. I wish I could keep the 1935 original lino flooring but it is at the end of it’s lifespan.

    • Ernie says: 297 comments

      My dad found one of those Lino rugs under the ancient carpeting in the house he bought when he moved to town to be closer to the VA hospital. There was turquoise, black, splashes of pink & yellow. It was oval probably 5′ x 7′ I REALLY hate to say this after seeing where you said they are rare, but it was in really good shape & he had to use a linoleum knife to cut it up to haul it off. Had I or he known they were rare he would have held on to it. The only real things wrong with it were chips along the edges & a couple of chunks but they were only an inch or so long.

  10. VMaloneyVMaloney says: 98 comments

    I love how open and welcoming the front door is with those screen doors, can’t you just hear them squeaking as they open? Also love the woodwork on the fireplaces, how pretty!

  11. says: 41 comments

    Gracious proportions and lots of great light. Also, lots and lots of work. Owning a 100 year old wooden house in Florida, I KNOW how much work is involved.

    • gbs1x says: 5 comments

      YES! I’ve lived in a 168 year old house for the last 37 years,and it’s been an ongoing project.I have a lino rug in my bedroom that’s in good condition,that is I’ve never tried to pull it up.

  12. tBird says: 12 comments

    Oh, I hope whomever buys it appreciates all of its charm. Amazing that so much of the original detail remains. I love that the builder took creative liberties with the wainscoting. I have to assume the linoleum rug was in too poor condition to preserve, else why would you rip it up?!

  13. Rebnflames says: 37 comments

    Interesting trim detailing to say the least. I’ve never seen fascia like this. It’s so delicate it could be picot lace on cloth.

  14. Kevinb says: 133 comments

    I hope someone handy who likes to tinker rescues this cool old place. i know it would be a big undertaking to properly restore all that wood outside and with all those windows etc it would keep you busy making it shine. the interior is so cool – with all that wood. i don’t need another house but if i was in the market, i’d jump on this one. love the grounds and that porch is pretty awesome. i wonder if someone makes antique looking linoleum reproduction rugs because seeems like they have potential customers based on the above comments.

  15. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11863 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I don’t see one?

  16. Colleen J says: 1209 comments

    If the road is not busy, this would be a great project and B&B some day! Also love the name of the town!

    • gbs1x says: 5 comments

      I’m familiar with the area and have seen the house. It’s not in town,but within walking distance of it. It is on the main road,but set back a ways with a side road to one side.(corner lot). Though Prosperity is a small town with not much in it,Newberry is just a few miles up the road which is much bigger and has many stores and restaurants.If I didn’t live in Ohio and had the money I would definitely buy and restore this house.

  17. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11863 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    How do you know the people that said they liked the linoleum aren’t the same ones that like wallpaper? 😉

    • Sharon says: 130 comments

      I think those with a fondness and appreciation for lino rugs often also love vintage or reproduction wallpapers that are original to a home’s period architecture and design. But the floral papers of the 70’s or 80’s seem rarely appropriate for any home of age. However, who knows, someday those wallpapers of the 70’s or 80’s might find faithful followers. Those groovy papers of the 60’s and early 70’s come to mind here… Gotta love groovy.

  18. Elisa Y says: 27 comments

    Floor to ceiling windows make me so happy. So do wood walls, and lino carpets and beautiful woodwork. Oh what I could do with $100k and a sabbatical!

  19. CharlestonJohn says: 1067 comments

    If the town of Prosperity seems vaguely familiar, it’s likely because of the widely circulated directional road sign meme that points to Prosperity in one direction and the nearby town of Clinton in the opposite. Properly restored, this would be a gem.

  20. abevy says: 354 comments

    So much work to do. Much of the wood work is painted. Even outside needs work almost everywhere. But would be so worth it when you were done. Nice light in house.

  21. Ray Unseitig says: 200 comments

    Never heard of a linoleum ‘rug” but grew up with that product. Gets brittle after awhile, trip hazard, and worse for wear. Still another great product of linseed oil. I’d go with the wood, hard or soft. just wood. Great project and very comfy.

  22. big rog says: 182 comments

    I’d tear up the limo rug. Hardwood floors are so much prettier. Love the metal roof. Would take it in a heart beat if I had the money. Would be a fun project.

  23. Michael Mackin says: 2163 comments

    I don’t know much about Linoleum rugs. I’m assuming this was already damaged. That said, is it possible to repair or restore them?

  24. SueSue says: 1159 comments
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    1802 Cape

    I am amazed that this home has not seen the ravages of termites. Thank goodness. She is what call a wedding cake house. I know not a proper term but she evokes that picture. How wonderful to have the honor to fix her up. Oh and I like linoleum rugs and also adore beautiful wallpaper. I think wallpaper gets a bad rap because people know it as the stuff in the books at your local paint store. Although, dear in price, there is wallpaper that is stunning and works of art.

  25. Victorianinmymind says: 9 comments

    We called on this one. The house is beautiful. Unfortunately, there are railroad tracks very close to the house. The agent says that the tracks are used a lot. This takes us out of the running as we have children and it too much of a risk plus there would be a noise issue. I hope whoever gets this house restores it to its former glory. It is beautiful.

    • BethanyBethany says: 3385 comments
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      1983 White elephant
      Escondido, CA

      You get used to the noise–I miss it actually; we used to live a block from heavily used tracks. The children are a valid issue for sure, though, if there isn’t a good fence blocking off the tracks.

  26. Unheard Uv says: 32 comments

    I had viewed this home several years back on some other preservation Web site. I do love all the exterior wood details despite the mind boggling amount of work needed. It was refreshing to see a house like this untainted by unsympathetic remodeling, but at the same time I did not notice a single electric outlet in any picture. The linoleum I’m not a fan of at all and could do without it. That mirror is beautiful but a little too fancy for that particular house. This is definitely one of a kind and too nice and rich in history to just let rot unattended. I do hope all that lovely woodwork is restored to its former glory. Is it going to cost a whole pile of cash? Absolutely. Will the work load seem never-ending? Definitely Will it be totally worthwhile in the end? Without a doubt.

  27. Carol S. says: 11 comments

    what happened to the original kitchen and bath(s)? (or were they “outside” as mentioned in one post?

  28. says: 1 comments

    Have seen this house and it is pretty. The brick structure in front is a railroad round house and is used by the city. Yes, the city does have public water and sewer. Prosperity is a pretty little town with a cute downtown area and some pretty homes. We are looking at older homes around the Lexington area (about 1/2 hr from Prosperity) but we decided this one was too much work for us, otherwise I would have snatched it up!!

  29. Gary says: 5 comments

    I live in Ohio,but have relatives who’ve lived on Lake Murray since 1989. On visits we often go past that house. The buildings across the street are,I believe old abandoned railroad station buildings,and on my last visit there in August of 2017,that triangle of land there was for sale too. Your right,I don’t see any outlets. My house was built in 1850 and when my wife and I moved in there were a total of 2 outlets per room except for the kitchen which was modernized more recently. Wish I could restore this house but I’m too old for that now.

  30. Gary says: 5 comments

    There is public water and sewage available,but none in the house it appears. There is no basement,so I don’t know how they would run the pipes and drains.I shutter to think what’s under that house in the crawlspace?

  31. Jennifer Million says: 1 comments

    Besides the fact of it containing Asbestos !! Linoleum was made with Asbestos fibers prior to a certain date, Wich I’m sure this falls into that catagory.

  32. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11863 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I don’t know, could just be off market for now.

  33. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11863 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Posted last year, off market only a short time but back on. Thought I’d move this to the front page for another look. Comments above may be older.

  34. RitaB says: 121 comments

    This house has been on and off the market for years. I, like one of the previous commenters, first saw it on another site where many state preservationist institutions advertise their properties. Always wondered why it never sold; had to be a reason. So maybe train track closeness is the answer. Always admired the house and liked what I’ve seen of Prosperity (Newberry not so much). Hope someone with money and time steps up finally.

  35. Susie Q. says: 18 comments

    Why doesn’t it have a kitchen? What did the previous owners do about this?

  36. LeeAnn Lovely says: 1 comments

    How much for the Mirror?

  37. priscilla miller says: 35 comments

    I love the town name. Beautiful home. I have never seen the interior of a home which makes you feel you are still on the outside of the house. I kept waiting for the interior of the house and it never showed up. I also did not see a kitchen or bathroom.

  38. SharonSharon says: 683 comments
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    2001 Contemporary
    Sedalia, MO

    I echo all positive comments here. But I also wanted to acknowledge a beautifully written home description by the realtor. A truly skilled realtor knows the value that well chosen words and images hold in the “selling” of a historic home.

  39. Clund says: 140 comments

    I honestly don’t know where Prosperity SC is, but I think this house, wherever it was located would be worth the effort to restore. It’s just lovely! All those large windows! It looks so airy. I love the woodwork a lot. It has a simplistity that really appeals to me. Bead board ceilings, at least in places just makes me happy! If I were to restore her, I’d start with a beautiful new metal roof, in red or maybe a rich green.

  40. Gregory_KGregory_K says: 447 comments
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    Chatsworth, CA

    What a wonderful house.
    Argh! I’m in Los Angeles!
    I have seen a number of homes that make extensive use of lumberyard millwork like this does. However, rarely have I seen it used with such imagination, or so well preserved. The exterior reminds me of well preserved homes from the 1850-1860 period, as illustrated in some of the architectural pattern books of that era. I have a number of millwork catalogs from various eras, and these patters survived until at least 1900.

    Anyone trying to save an elderly linoleum rug should contact the preservation organization ‘Historic New England.’ They have been working to save 20th century materials, and they may have developed a technique to restore them. The website HomeSteady has an article that may be useful: https://homesteady.com/how-5135371-refinish-linoleum.html

  41. Lisa simpson says: 1 comments

    This has possibly sold to a preservation group. There are YouTube videos of restoration.

  42. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11863 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Was showing active now back off including not appearing on the agents site (sometimes Realtor.com is slow to update.)

  43. k9 says: 27 comments

    Perfect home in original condition. Note to potential new owners… Please don’t modernize using “20-teens, mid-century modern grey materials and finishes”. That style soon shall pass. Keep and restore as much of the original and let your furniture reflect your modern style. That way your save the original home for future people to enjoy.

  44. Jbilly says: 46 comments

    This is showing as active on Zillow and they added new photos of it being filled with stacks of brand new replica trim and a whole stack of wood windows. I was already in love with it…maybe the trim will excite someone to restore it! I wish it were me!

  45. Hi, everyone. I found this page on a search for other pictures of this house. I am actually the new owner of the house and we’ve been very busy restoring this beauty. We started the work in early April, 2019 and we actually just moved in last week. It wasn’t actually ready for us to move in, but we closed on our other house so didn’t have much choice. It truly is as awesome as everybody is mentioning on this thread. The structure of the house is REALLY good considering the age and the fact that it was abandoned for 15 years. Anyway, we’ve got another year or so until we’re finished. If you want to keep track of the progress, we have a Facebook page that we keep updated. I’m not sure I’m allowed to post links on here, but I hope it’s okay to just say, search for Wyche-Derrick on Facebook.


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