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13th Annual Duck Hunt

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Duck Shoot To Benefit The Saluda County Historical Society

Members of the Saluda County Historical Society will hold a morning Duck Hunt on Saturday, January 18, 2014.  The hunt will be hosted by the Windy Hill Rod and Gun Club and the Randy Barnes Family at Padgett Pond, Saluda County, South Carolina.

Proceeds from the hunt will be used to further fund the preservation of the historic Marsh-Johnson House, one of the properties of the Society in need of further restoration.  One of the major goals of the Society is the preservation of the history of Saluda County.  The house is an excellent example of an “upland plantation home” and has undergone massive restoration over the past year using grants, society funds, and proceeds from the annual deer/duck hunts.

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Marsh-Johnson House Interior Restoration Project

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Wayne Shaw, Third Generation Construction, LLC, Dr. Bela Herlong, Chairman of the Board, Saluda County Historical Society, Andrew Shaw and Daniel Patterson, Third Generation Construction, LLC, stand in front of a door from the Mount Willing House built in the 1770s.

 

The Saluda County Historical Society continues its efforts to restore the inside of the Marsh-Johnson house in order to make it a house museum that is safe for visitors.

The Marsh-Johnson House, an excellent example of a plantation plain house, has withstood the elements for over 200 years in its own little corner of Saluda County, symbolizing the owner’s prosperity and status in the Carolina upcountry in the 18thand 19th centuries.

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Marsh-Johnson House Restoration

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The Marsh-Johnson House, an excellent example of a plantation plain house, has withstood the elements for over 200 years in its own little corner of what is now Saluda County. This house symbolized the owner's prosperity and status in the Carolina upcountry in the 18th and 19th centuries.

1st Day of Siding

1st Day of restoration, note long walls and clapboard inside shed rooms. The shed rooms were added in the middle 1960s from boards removed from the torn down “ell” and separate dining room and kitchen.
An ell is an extension of a building which is at right angles to the main part of the building.
The file on the M-J house from the 1990s, when the Historical Society first received the house, mentions the ell. Someone came by and remembered where the ell was located.

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Mount Willing Books

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Charles Andrews
Bela Padgette Herlong
Carol Hardy Bryan

We’ve worked for fifteen years researching and amassing the history of Mount Willing, which was once a part of the royal colony of South Carolina, then of Ninety Six District, of Edgefield County/District, and today of Saluda County. Chapman, in his history of Edgefield County, published in 1897, stated that Mount Willing was one of the four population centers of the area from the Revolution to the War Between the States.

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