Kilgore Lewis House

Juni 9, 2009

Kilgore Lewis House

Kilgore Lewis House

The copper-roofed, Palladian-style Kilgore Lewis House was originally built in 1838 on a site near Buncombe Street Methodist Church in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. It is one of only a handful of wooden residential buildings in Greenville that predate the mid-nineteenth century. Local tradition says that Josiah Kilgore gave it to his daughter Mary Keziah as a wedding gift when she married John Stokes. Her wedding ceremony was held in the front parlor of the newly built home. The Kilgore Lewis House remained a private home for over 130 years and accommodated several generations of the family. After the last resident downsized to a smaller house, the Methodist Church used it as a Sunday school facility, but soon realized, that the house was not adequate for their needs and decided to tear it down. The Greenville Council of Garden Clubs stepped in to safe the house from demolition. After negotiations to lease a lot from the city on Academy Street and a variety of fundraising projects the Kilgore Lewis House was moved to its current location in 1974. Since than the house has been renovated, furnished and served as the headquarter for the Greenville Council of Garden Clubs.
This magnificent, copper roofed house with hand-blown glass windows, and wood peg construction is now surrounded by five acres of elegantly charming gardens with a spring in the back of the property and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The property not only provides the place for the Councils activities but is also a favorite and picturesque location for events, like weddings or celebrations.

Kilgore Lewis House
560 North Academy Street,
Greenville, SC
Phone: (864) 232-3020

Kilgore Lewis House

© Flavia Westerwelle

TransDomo,LLC / ShellTree Realty
Flavia & Klaus Westerwelle
Phone: 864.908.0690
Photos from Greenville, SC, the US and Europe


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