Cedar Springs Historic District – Abbeville, South Carolina

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The Cedar Springs Historic District is comprised of three buildings – Cedar Springs Church, Stagecoach Inn, and the Frazier-Pressley House, shown here.


The district straddles both Abbeville and Greenwood counties and is found at the junction of Abbeville County Road 33, Greenwood County Road 112, and Greenwood County Road 47.

As part of the Cedar Springs Historic District, the Frazier-Pressley House is listed in the National Register. It is described as follows:

The Frazier-Pressley House is a three-story, stuccoed brick building, believed to have been constructed as a residence for Captain James W. Frazier in 1852-1856. The building is composed of three octagonal sections connected by a hallway that circumscribes the central three-story octagon with a three-story portico defining the facade (south elevation) and a two-story stuccoed brick ell at the rear.

The portico of the Frazier-Pressley House features four three-story brick pillars with pilaster responds at the junctures with the house. The brick is laid on a diagonal bias, with vertical channeling resulting. The capitals of the pillars are cubical with recessed brickwork creating stepped diamond panels. A veranda is carried by the pillars at each level.

According the local tradition Captain James Frazier constructed his three-story brick plantation home between 1852 and 1856. in 1875 Frazier’s daughter Tallulah and her husband, Dr. Joseph Lowry Pressley, acquired the house. Dr. Pressley had served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army, rising to the rank of major. After his discharge he continued to serve the people of the Cedar Springs community as a doctor and teacher of medicine and dentistry. The central room on the third floor of the house served as his office.

The two-story gable-roofed log building adjacent the the Frazier-Pressley House was probably built c. 1820. Local tradition holds that the building was a stagecoach stop and inn on the road from August, Georgia, to Abbeville and Edgefield. It is likely that the stopping place was established in this location because of the community already developed around the Cedar Springs Church.

The Frazier-Pressley House is exceptional in that it is built around three octagons. These three octagonal elements are connected by a hallway circumscribing the central octagonal core of the house by a massive three-story portico, whose three tiers of porches are reached by seven entrances, all with transoms and sidelights. The composition and plan of the Frazier-Pressley House are believed to be unique in the United States.

Many thanks to Bill Fitzpatrick of Taylors, for sending us his photos of the Frazier-Pressley House. Bill enjoys the singular distinction of being the only person ever to have visited all 1,400 of South Carolina’s National Historic Landmarks. He has published several helpful e-books which serve as invaluable travel guides to the Palmetto State.

Of all the landmarks he visited, this home is one of Bill’s favorites. He explains, “I have special fondness for Cedar Springs, for it turned out to be the reason I did all of this. A fellow at a local camera shop was talking about the incredible, three-tiered, eight-sided abandoned plantation home about an hour or so south of Greenville. He knew it used to be on the border of the Cherokee Nation, so with no more information than that, I eventually found it. Only, and happily, as you can see, it is in the process of being improved. I never violated the privacy rights of homeowners, so like all other historic home shots, I took this one from the street.”

Cedar Springs Octanganal Home in Abbeville SC

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Cedar Springs Plantation

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10 Comments about Cedar Springs Historic District

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
December 15th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Hi, Dianne. We agree that the house is beautiful. However, it is privately owned, and we are not affiliated with it in any way, though we, too would love to see the inside!

Dianne BrownNo Gravatar says:
December 15th, 2014 at 11:20 am

Please. Is there any way I could see inside this house and surrounding buildings? You are missing a wonderful opportunity to make money to preserve this beautiful piece of history.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
March 20th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Thank you for the great information, Len!

Len FarmerNo Gravatar says:
March 20th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Someone purchased the home around 2000 and attempted to restore it in order to turn it into a bed and breakfast, but their money ran out. In the late 60s it was vine-covered. Because it is so out of the way, it would most likely not make much money as a bed and breakfast. Also, someone would have to pay me to sleep in this creepy place! The uniqueness of this home is all the materials had to be shipped more than 10 miles over muddy back roads.

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
January 24th, 2014 at 8:18 am

Hi, Brandie. The home is privately owned, though we do not know the owner. It is a beautiful house!

BrandieNo Gravatar says:
January 22nd, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I would like to know who I would need to speak with to get to see this home. I was raised in the area and never got to see the inside. Any info on who to speak with to be able to visit this home would be nice.

BrandieNo Gravatar says:
January 22nd, 2014 at 9:18 pm

Does anyone own this home now? I was raised in that area and never got to see the inside of this home. I really would love to tour this home, any info to be able to see it would be nice!

Ellen L. PuerzerNo Gravatar says:
January 9th, 2014 at 9:24 am

There are more than 68 extant octagon houses in North America (Canada and schoolhouses, many converted to residences, included). I documented 500 for my book Octagon House Inventory: http://berniepuer.ipower.com/octagonbook/index.html. The book includes photos and the histories of over 1,000 known to have been built.

Bill FitzpatrickNo Gravatar says:
November 27th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Mark, thanks for posting the information on the octagon homes … Bill

Mark ClarkNo Gravatar says:
April 15th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Orson Squire Fowler’s 1848 book The Octagon House, A Home for All, served as the inspiration for homes of octagon shape during the pre-Civil War period. Similar, but less ornate homes were built up through the early 1900s. The most notable is the still unfinished Longwood plantation in Natchez, MS. The Zelotes Holmes House in Laurens is the only other one in SC. A complete list of the 68 octagon homes still remaining can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_octagon_houses.


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