Hunter, Samuel Marvin, House/Hunter, J. P., House
2580 Ora Rd., SC (Laurens County)
November 6 2001
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Signficant Architectural Features:
I-house shape with nine over nine windows. Two stuccoed end chimneys. There is a row of cedar trees along the front of the house. There are four extant outbuildings, including a stuccoed brick smokehouse, a dogtrot slave cabin with a stone foundation, a frame barn, and a brick stuccoed well house. All have aluminum roofs.
In 1944, Perineau Hunter added "modern conveniences" inside, a rear addition, and probably the exterior siding. Hunter may have also changed the porch form, roof and support system. The façade porch is in the process of being enclosed with screen.
Built for Samuel Marvin Hunter (1790-1847) and Mary Mills Hunter (1797-1863), later owned by John P. Hunter who had an office in the front yard. The kitchen to the back of the house was used to house convicts who cleared the channel of Warrior Creek after it had become infested with mosquitoes in the 1890s.
Source of Historical Information:
Interview with Martha Washington, 9 November 2001; Leon S. Hollingsworth, "A History and Origin of Our Family in America and A Genealogy of the Descendants of John Hunter III." Decatur, GA: Leon S. Hollingsworth, 1952.