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James Beard House, Fairfield County (Ridgeway vicinity)
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Left Elevation Porch Interior

The James Beard House was significant for its fine interior ornamentation and as an unusually intact example of an early nineteenth-century farmhouse. James Beard, who is reported to have built the house ca. 1830, was a moderately wealthy planter who owned 500 acres of land and nineteen slaves in 1843. The house was a two-story, gable-roofed, weatherboarded frame I-House with a central hall, single-pile floor plan. A shed-roofed porch supported by four freestanding wooden posts on brick piers ran the length of the fašade. The fašade featured a six-panel door beneath a three light transom flanked on each side by two nine-over-nine windows. The side elevations featured exterior end chimneys flanked by single windows. The rear elevation featured an open central passage separating two shed rooms. A kitchen wing was added to the east elevation ca. 1930. The house featured high-quality feather graining and marbleizing on much of the interior woodwork. Listed in the National Register December 6, 1984. The James Beard House is no longer extant. Removed from the National Register December 8, 2005.

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