SC 56, W side, approx. 1/4 mi. S of int. w/ SC 560
October 2 2002
Historic Core Shape:
Number of Stories:
Exterior Walls Materials:
raised seam metal
National Register Determination:
Signficant Architectural Features:
The home has nine over nine windows, two exterior end chimneys, monumental gable porch supported by vinyl fluted columns with pilasters at the intersection with the home, fanlight above the main entry, rear ell, and several associated outbuildings. The home sits in the Belfast Demonstration Forest run by the park service.
The porch has been altered with the addition of a concrete porch floor and replacement porch supports.
Home of Captain William Simpson, grandfather of South Carolina governor W.D. Simpson, who named it after his native home of Belfast, Ireland. The brick used to construct the home was made in Ireland. After its construction, Belfast housed the only post office between Laurens and Newberry.
Source of Historical Information:
Historical Map of Laurens Co., Sullivan Dunklin Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Bolick, Julian. A Laurens County Sketchbook. 1973. P. 69-70.