Magness-Humphries House

101 Grassy Pond Rd., Gaffney, South Carolina

Historic home near Gaffney, SC


Photo taken by Michael Miller


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James Judson Magness established a home and farm in 1871 in the Grassy Pond community, approximately five miles north of Gaffney. Magness owned 192 acres. In 1904, his home was destroyed by fire. The home that exists today was built in 1904 to replace the original house. The house is an excellent example of a late Victorian farmhouse that merges Queen Anne style details with Classical Revival symmetry. Exterior features such as a steep hipped roof, cross-facing gables, dormers, stained glass, roof cresting, and decorative chimneys are representative of the Queen Anne style. The house sits on brick and rock piers. The inside of the home is equally representative of the period as it maintains beaded board ceiling, vertical beaded wainscoting, pine floors throughout, and tall, detailed, carved oak mantels. Outbuildings, including a barn, smokehouse/potato house, and gear room, date to 1871. Other outbuildings include a chicken/hen house built ca. 1918, a dibby house and pump house built in the 1940s, and several others built in the 1950s. The home and outbuildings, sitting amidst mature oak and pecan trees, are in excellent condition and have had very few alterations since their construction. The house remains one of the few nineteenth century farming homesteads still in existence in the area. Listed in the National Register October 20, 2001.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 20, 2001
Reference number
NR name
Magness--Humphries House
Architectural style
Victorian: Queen Anne
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings
Current functions
Single dwelling; Agricultural outbuildings
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1871; 1950
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 9
Non-contributing buildings: 1


19th Century (37,744)
Brick (42,462)
Built 1871 (411)
Built during 1870s (5,008)
Cherokee County, South Carolina (35)
Gaffney, South Carolina (9)
Have Street View (46,069)
House (27,620)
Private owner (54,398)
Queen Anne (5,130)
Sandstone (4,861)
South Carolina (2,152)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • November 6, 2013: New photo from Michael Miller
  • October 22, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"