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Austin-Craig-Laney House – Chesterfield, South Carolina

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The Gothic Revival architecture of the Austin-Craig-Laney House in Chesterfield stands apart in a district comprised of Federal-style homes. The residence was built in 1858 by Pennsylvania lawyer Aaron Austin after moving to Chesterfield in the 1850s to practice law. Austin married Chesterfield native Margaret Jane Craig and later joined the Confederate army, dying in Charleston County in 1863.

Austin-Craig-Laney House

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Union soldiers attempted to burn the house during their 1865 occupation of the town. According to the story, a slave extinguished the fire and the house was spared. Evidence of the attempted burning is still visible in a dining room window.

Austin-Craig-Laney Home

James (Jim) Jenkins of Chesterfield, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Austin’s widow, Margaret, gifted the home to Mr. and Mrs. George Kershaw Laney as a wedding present in 1903. Laney was a lawyer and a teacher and also served in both the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1903 to 1922 and the South Carolina Senate from 1907 to 1922 and again from 1931 to 1942. The house remains a private residence and is listed in the National Register.

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Address: 203 West Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709
GPS Coordinates: 34.736116,-80.089841

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