William Bates House

E of Greenville on SC 14, Greenville, South Carolina


William Bates House

Photo taken by Michael Miller in January 2021



Street View 


The William Bates House, a ca. 1835 vernacular structure, is primarily significant for its associative value as the home of textile pioneer William Bates. Bates was a leader in the development of the textile industry which spurred the growth of the Piedmont section of South Carolina. He has been referred to as “one of the most successful textile manufacturers in the state.” The house which Bates probably built circa 1835 is believed to be the sole remaining structure associated with the textile pioneer. William Bates arrived in South Carolina from Rhode Island in 1819. For the next several years he worked for various textile mills in the Piedmont area of South Carolina, as well as in North Carolina. In 1833 he purchased 300 acres located on Rocky Creek in Greenville County. Here he established the mill and community which became known as “Batesville.” According to tradition, in 1881 the old mill burned and was replaced by a brick structure. Built upon granite and fieldstone piers, the house is a two-story vernacular structure covered with clapboard siding and a tin gabled roof. Both the front and rear facades feature one-story shed-roofed porches extending the length of these facades. Both porches are supported by nine simple wooden columns. The nominated acreage includes a barn and a spring. Listed in the National Register December 4, 1978. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 1978
Reference number
NR name
Bates, William, House
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1835
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • February 22, 2021: New photo from Michael Miller
  • July 5, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • September 15, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" and Imported Photo
  • September 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller