502 E. Railroad Avenue, Bamberg, SC
Signficant Architectural Features:
2 story clapboard house with gable roof. Front: asymmetrical; projecting right side of front features a 3-bay, 2-tiered veranda with turned posts, balustrade, and brackets with pendants; main entrance and entrance on 2nd story veranda have double doors flanked by 5-pane rectangular transom and 3-pane sidelights; 1 story porch on left side of front facade. Windows are double-hung, 2/2 lights, with entablatures. Gables have pierced brackets and sawtooth and imbricated shingles. Eaves - boxed cornice with pierced brackets with pendants. 2 interior chimneys in main portion of house, 1 in rear section.
After purchasing the lot in 1878, Conrad Ehrhardt built this house for his daughter, Wilhelmina, who married John Francis Folk, ca. 1888. The lumber for the house, selected from choice trees, was cut at Ehrhardt's sawmill, and the ornamental trim and millwork hand-turned at his planing mill. Colonel John F. Folk operated a general mercantile store, among other business enterprises, and was an extensive planter. In 1896 he served as mayor of Bamberg and was the second treasurer of the newly-formed Bamberg County. In the Bamberg Guards he held the rank of captain and later colonel.
Source of Historical Information:
"East Railroad Avenue. Bamberg, SC";Margaret Lawrence, 111 Felder Street, Bamberg, SC
Bamberg - City, 1979-1980
Box 14, Series 108042, Survey of historic resources (county by county data on surface properties), circa 1971-2014