Hightower Hall

York County Rd 165, McConnells, South Carolina

Historic home near Brattonsville, SC


Hightower Hall

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Built ca. 1853 for John Simpson Bratton II, a locally prominent planter and politician, Hightower Hall is a significant vernacular interpretation of the Italianate style. Bratton, a wealthy planter, served two terms in the South Carolina House of Representatives, as postmaster of Brattonsville, and was a member of the Soldiers Board of Relief during the Civil War. The two-story frame house is named for a tower that rises ten feet above the main roof of the house that was reportedly designed as an observation platform so that Bratton could watch over his plantation. Along with the prominent three-story tower, the house features a low-pitched roof, deep eaves, brackets and verandas all common to the Italianate style. The house is weatherboarded with a raised brick basement. The porches rest on high brick piers and feature chamfered square posts, sawn brackets, stickwork friezes, and sawn ornament in their balustrades. Hightower Hall is also noteworthy for its trompe l-oeil painting, simulating marble pilasters, in its first floor central hall. The plantation includes four original outbuildings, two barns and two slave cabins. An unidentified Englishman reportedly designed the gardens of Hightower Hall. Listed in the National Register June 28, 1982. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 28, 1982
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Italian Villa
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1853
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 5

Update Log 

  • April 26, 2016: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • November 19, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Updated "GPS Coordinates" & "Category" and Added "Description" and "Overview"