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White Gables – Summerville, South Carolina


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Historic Summerville is home to this 1830s clapboard residence, built around the time the “new” part of town was laid out by the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company in 1832. In fact, the estate was home to Henry Peak, an officer with the railroad company. There are earlier homes in the “old” part of Summerville, developed when the hamlet was a planters’ refuge, but White Gables was one of the earliest homes built in its vicinity.

White Gables

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The house rests on one-and-a-half acres in the heart of town yet remains secluded from the ever-growing community. An enclosed octagonal gazebo with a cupola, identical to ones found at Thomas Jeffferson’s Monticello in Virginia, was built on the property in 1893.

White Gables Gazebo

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The late nineteenth century brought an increase in population and a building boom to Summerville as several resort inns were established in the town during this time. The village’s convenient stop on the railroad to Charleston made it a popular place to stay following the Civil War. Even White Gables operated as an inn for a short period. Today it is a private residence.

White Gables is listed in the National Register as part of the Summerville Historic District:

Summerville originated as a pineland summer refuge for low country planters. Originally the streets were laid out without any plan and winding roads still characterize the oldest section of town. This “old town” lies in the southwestern portion of the historic district and contains about two thirds of the land and half the structures of the district. The South Carolina Canal and Railroad Company laid out the more regular “new town” in 1832. Streets run parallel and at right angles to the track laid in 1830-1831. The “old town” and that portion of the “new town” were incorporated into the village of Summerville in 1847. Following the Civil War, wealthy northerners began wintering there. The town’s designation in 1887 as a health spot gave it an impetus as a resort, which was not lost until the Depression of the 1930s.

There are approximately seven hundred structures within the nominated area; about 70% predate World War I. Uniting the different building styles of the town is a common sensitivity to the natural setting and to the local landscaping traditions reflected in streetscapes, parks and gardens. Raised cottages, Greek Revival influenced, and Victorian/Queen Anne and other turn of the century structures are found throughout. Antebellum buildings are principally located in the southern and western areas. Churches are located in the center of the district, and the commercial buildings—most dating from around 1900—are located on either side of the town square in front of the present town hall, which faces the railroad. Additionally, Summerville has been the center for azalea culture and there is a variety of azaleas popularly named “The Pride of Summerville.”

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Address: 603 West Richardson Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483

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