Balentine, John, House

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
Riddle, Marvin and Helen, House
Street Address:
E side of Mt. Bethel Rd., approx. 1/8 mile N of its intersection with Gilbert Rd., SC (Laurens County)

Site Number:
Control Number:
Date Surveyed:
October 30 2001
Construction Date:
circa 1845 – 1850
Alteration Date:
Historic Use:
Current Use:
Historic Core Shape:
Number of Stories:
Construction Method:
Exterior Walls Materials:
Synthetic Siding
Foundation Materials:
Stone Piers
Roof Shape:
gable, lateral
Roof Materials:
composition shingle
Porch Width:
full façade
Porch Shape:
National Register Determination:
not eligible;
Signficant Architectural Features:
I-house form, with two stuccoed end chimneys. The porch supports have also been encased in vinyl siding, but simple wood balustrades remain. The main entry is surrounded by sidelights and a transom. Windows on the second story of the main façade are 9 over 9 panes with sidelights. There are five associated outbuildings including a new garage, new and old well houses, a frame barn and the former kitchen. Inside, there is a boxed stairwell in the front entry hall with double doors underneath dividing the main hallway.
The windows on the first floor and elsewhere have been replaced. Those on the main façade, 1st floor are new 9 over 9 panes with sidelights. An addition has been built on the rear façade.
Historical Information:
J. Frank and Helen Culbertson Mitchell moved here in 1938. John Balentine acquired this property including 733 acres in 1843 from John Milam.
Source of Historical Information:
Helen Riddle, property owner; "Six Guide yourself Tours," Laurens Historical Commission, 1970?
Quadrangle Name:
Ware Shoals East

Related place
Laurens County