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Fairfield: 1938

Fairfield: 1938

1938. "Fairfield (Lynch House). McClellansville vicinity, Charleston County, South Carolina. Structure dates to 1730. Built by the Lynch family. Acquired by Jacob Motte in 1758, and enlarged by him. Related name: Charles C. Pinckney." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.


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Or they did back then. Those bay windows are the real deal, not just cantelevered oriels but extending to the foundation and serving the raised basement as well, but I doubt they were original to the house, and might even be subsequent to the Motte expansion. The one-story bay now topped with a railing is likely another later addition, perhaps by Motte, and of interest to the antiquarian as well. It's often a vexing problem for owners of historic properties: "How far back do we go in our restoration?" In that more than a few stately homes began life as a one-room cabin with a lean-to, the answer is often, "Not all that far."

By the way, I like what they're done with the portico.

Nice bay windows

Those bay windows really accent the house. It's a pity someone chose to remove them later on.


I'm thinking the spelling is actually without the 's'. This town was actually ground zero for Hurricane Hugo in 1989, just a few miles up the coast from Charleston, SC. You wouldn't know it today, but the place was absolutely devastated, and hit by more than a 20 foot storm surge. Still, many of the original homes line the main street today and its fishing village roots are still alive and well.

She'll Still There!

The house is not only still standing, but still lived in by the Thomas Pinckney family for over 200 years now!

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