c. 1883 – Leesville, SC – $165,900

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Added to OHD on 2/19/21   -   Last OHD Update: 2/19/21   -   8 Comments
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3017 Devils Backbone Rd, Leesville, SC 29070

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  • $165,900
  • 3 Bed
  • 2 Bath
  • 2400 Sq Ft
  • 4.46 Ac.
National Bicentennial Farm on the National Historic Register located on 4.45 acres in Batesburg-Leesville known as the D.D. Barr House, Circa 1883. This single story home has high ceilings, a wide hallway, hardwood floors, old fireplaces, metal roof, magnolia, pecan & oak trees, outbuildings to include a twentieth century milk house along with front & rear porches. This must see home is located just across the town limit line from Award Winning Batesburg-Leesville High School & Primary School, the Ponderosa Golf Course, and only 10 min to Lake Murray. Shopping, grocery stores, Lexington Medical Center, Wal-Mart and dining in local restaurants less than 2 miles away. Enjoy this timeless treasure and all that nature has to offer.
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Andy Bedenbaugh, Shealy Realty
Office: 803.532.3866 Mobile: 803.920.0125
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8 Comments on c. 1883 – Leesville, SC – $165,900

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  1. KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 610 comments
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    Before it was paved half a century ago, it was a road so bumpy and curvy it was named for Satan’s spine, says Louise Riley, an unofficial town historian who has written hundreds of articles on local history for the community newspaper.

    One of the earliest families to live on Devils Backbone Road, Riley says, was the family of Michael Barr, who fought in the Civil War. In Barr’s absence, his family once took a trunk of his valuable possessions, laid it in the middle of Devils Backbone and rode over it with wagons to keep Union soldiers from collecting the valuables, according to Riley.

    Despite living in Leesville for most of her 79 years, Riley doesn’t know the story behind another oddly named road that intersects Devils Backbone: Dog Leg Road. But she imagines it’s because it’s, well, sort of shaped like a dog leg.

    Read more here: https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article221730915.html#storylink=cpy

  2. TomasczTomascz says: 120 comments

    Nice and clean if outdated. It’ll make it that much less painful to rip out the paneling and carpet and bathrooms and kitchen and hunt around for the appropriate material to replace the baseboards with original aged Lob lolly pine in continuous clear lengths. Then I’ll get to work restoring the fireplaces.
    I love the exterior of this house and it has more than enough room to live in comfortably and the yard has a ton of possibilities for naturalized gardening. The fixes that are apparent are pretty straight forward, just wish this beautiful house that obviously had those accouterments still had them today.

  3. I love this place!! I do fully expect all that paneling is hiding the sins of plaster gone bad- and who knows what evil lurks beneath the sculptured broadloom? BUT— I really like the general massing of the main house, the level land , w/ a few nice trees and charming , loaded w/ potential outbuildings—- and the 70’s kitchen is really just fine as is! The cabinets are in great shape! I’d just have to channel my inner Florence Henderson and whip up (or get Alice to whip up) a nice cheeseball appetizer tray and some jello parfaits and I’m good to go! (I’m serious y’all- the ’70’s had easy living down to a science!!)

    • KEYLIMEKEYLIME says: 610 comments
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      But is there really such a thing as “bad” plaster? I think that many times plaster gets covered over because someone thinks it’s the “modern” thing to do. Or because they’ve seen a crack or two, here or there, and are convinced the whole thing is about to come down upon them in the middle of some night while they are sound asleep in their beds. Kinda like one of my grandmothers, the one who “knew” cats would smother you in your sleep. I believe I have mentioned her before. She’s the one who kept her living room in plastic encased funereal darkness. Anyway..

      I, too, would leave the kitchen alone. I’d probably open all the doors to the wall hung ones and consider if I’d prefer them without doors. That’s how I, unintentionally, discovered that I liked the open shelving look in my current kitchen.

  4. KfideiKfidei says: 358 comments

    I see a lot of possibilities here, I think the kitchen could be made workable with not too many changes, I like them a little rustic. The interior needs so much work, and I wonder if there is grant money to help with restoration. I would love to landscape this, but I would first check the drainage…parts look damp to me, but that can be amended. This house has so much going for it, the price is right, the size is right, the lot is large enough, the inside could be so charming with the paneling and carpet gone, and the fireplaces repaired . . . this is worth some research.

  5. Less than 2 hours from Charlotte. I wish I could see the condition of the original floors but considering that the house appears to be well maintained, I guess they’re in good shape. It looks like someone’s grandparents got the idea to “improve the place” and adding paneling and “fancy wall-to-wall”. Or, they could have done it to insulate the walls. Regardless, spend one weekend to ripe out the carpet and paneling and it would a clean slate with decent mantles and woodwork intact. I could even live with the kitchen for a time. I would like to add a long screen porch where the back addition meets the original house. Based on the purchase price and renovations, you could still add a modest pool and have an amazing weekend retreat. I like the beach as much as anyone but I don’t understand why folks have a beach home 4, 5, 6 hrs away when they could have an amazing weekend escape within an easy drive.

  6. DreamOnDreamOn says: 76 comments
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    For me, I’d paint the paneling and pretend it’s an early American colonial. I have seen what’s behind the paneling too many times. Large, caneverous holes and layers upon layers of wallpaper that could not be removed with fire or tnt. I’d put my resources into ripping out all of the carpet and linoleum, refinishing or replacing the wood floors, redoing the bathrooms, relocating the w/d from the kitchen and restoring the fireplaces.

    • MJGMJG says: 2390 comments
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      I’ve actually been lucky. Pulling paneling out just reveals nail holes to be patch but no endless wallpaper layers. You are correct though, it can be a daunting task. Same with pulling up carpet. You can enjoy what you see or be horrified.


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