Russell House

National Register Listing
Street Address:
S.C. Hwy. 28, Mountain Rest vicinity, SC (Oconee County)
Alternate Name:

NRHP Nomination

Record Number:
Description and Narrative:
The Russell House was constructed sometime after 1867 and considerably expanded around 1890 and in the early twentieth century. The house, which burned in 1988, was significant in the area of transportation for its role as a late nineteenth and early twentieth century stage stop and inn, which was operated by William Gannaway Russell (1835-1921). The inn provided accommodations for travelers between Walhalla and the mountain resort area around Highlands, N.C. The Russell House complex, which includes 10 agricultural outbuildings constructed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, is also significant in the area of agriculture. The outbuildings are representative of the diverse aspects of a small, turn of the century Appalachian farmstead. The various outbuildings, including the ruins of a log barn, a spring house, outhouse, garage, corn crib, and potato cellar, among others, illustrate common building types and construction techniques used in the region. The main house, two storage buildings, and a privy were destroyed by fire on May 14, 1988. Listed in the National Register February 29, 1988.
Period of Significance:
circa 1867 – 1921
Level of Significance:
Area of Significance:
National Register Determination:
Date of Certification:
February 29 1988