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Laurel Hill, Charleston County (McClellanville vicinity)
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Facade Right Oblique Rear Elevation Interior
Central Hall

Laurel Hill was a one-and-one-half story, weatherboarded braced-frame residence set on brick piers. Reportedly constructed ca. 1853 by Richard T. Morrison II, Laurel Hill was moved a short distance to its present rural location in 1983. Laurel Hill is architecturally significant as an intact example of a mid-nineteenth century lowcountry vernacular farmhouse. Laurel Hill was the home of prominent planter, Richard T. Morrison II, who was involved in the development of McClellanville and in the political and community affairs of St. James Santee Parish in the nineteenth century. In spite of its relocation, Laurel Hill retained integrity of design, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association; it conveyed architectural significance through its intact historical features. The house had a tall open pier foundation, built of cinder block with a veneer of old brick. The structural framework was hewn timber with mortis-and-tenon joints secured with trunnells. The roofing was standing seam metal. The original porch, whose configuration is not known, was replaced during the early twentieth century with a new porch, which was retained during the relocation. The interior had a central hall, double-pile plan, a configuration common in South Carolina vernacular houses of the period. Listed in the National Register September 12, 1985. Laurel Hill was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo. Removed from the National Register March 15, 2000.

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