Towles Farmstead

Also known as: Goshen Plantation, Plainsfield
4595, 4611 Towles Rd., Meggett, South Carolina


Towles Farmstead, Frank J. Towles House-1930

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Towles Farmstead is a relatively intact example of an agricultural complex including two early twentieth-century residences illustrating the changing architectural influences of the period, and is associated with the vegetable truck farm industry of Charleston, and with Frank E. and Frank J. Towles, the father and son who managed the farmstead for over seventy years. The farmstead contains two principal residences, the older of which is a one-story, frame house constructed ca. 1903, with characteristic Neo-Classical and Bungalow features. The house has a square core shape and a low-pitched, bell-cast hip roof which extends over a wraparound porch on the east, north and south elevations. The walls are finished with weatherboard and the roof is clad with composition shingles. Two chimneys which rise from the rear slope are of stuccoed brick with corbeled caps, and the foundation is of stuccoed masonry. The full-fašade porch features Tuscan columns and square balusters. The second residence is a two-story frame house constructed in 1930, with characteristic Colonial Revival and Italian Renaissance features. The house has a rectangular core shape with one-story wings at the side elevations and a clay tile-clad roof, with carved wooden brackets at the roof of the main body, and a projecting entrance porch supported by two slender Tuscan columns. Both houses feature a variety of contributing utility outbuildings. Listed in the National Register January 21, 1994. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 1994
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Agriculture; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Agricultural outbuildings; Agricultural fields; Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Current functions
Secondary structure; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924
Significant years
1903; 1910; 1930
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 11
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing structures: 3

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 28, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • July 28, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller