John Fox House – Lexington, South Carolina

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The John Fox House in Lexington was built around 1832 by Jesse Bates. Interestingly, it was this year when the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary moved to Lexington from its first home in Pomaria. Classes met in the courthouse, and seminarians boarded in this ten-room home while studying to become Lutheran priests.

Fox House

Bill Fitzpatrick, 2012 of Taylors © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 1943 the home was purchased by John Fox, an active man in the community who served as everything from justice of the peace to sheriff to state senator. It remained in the Fox family until 1969, when it was acquired by the Lexington County Museum. Today it is part of the museum’s exhibit of 36 historic structures in the heart of Lexington.

John Fox House

Ann Helms of Spartanburg, 2009 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The home was built in the I-house structure, meaning that it is a full two stories tall and one room deep with a central hallway. I-houses, named for their popularity among states beginning with an ‘I’ such as Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa, were popular in the early nineteenth century in the rural midwest and the south. Today the John Fox House is a museum.

The John Fox House is listed in the National Register, though this entry in the register is outdated and excludes more current research on the home.

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Address: 231 Fox Street, Lexington, SC 29072

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