Allen Dial House

Also known as: The Valley, Cedar Valley Farms
Cedar Valley Road, Laurens, South Carolina


Allen Dial House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Allen Dial House, built ca. 1855 by Allen Dial, is the best example of mid-nineteenth century Greek Revival raised cottage architecture in Laurens County. It is a vernacular interpretation of the Greek Revival style, translating the design to suit the upcountry climate, building materials, and methods. The house is built on a high stuccoed masonry foundation, which forms the basement story. The rectangular one and one-half story house is sheathed in narrow width weatherboard with flush board under the front and rear porticos. The fašade has as its central feature a pedimented portico supported by four paired and fluted pillars. The portico tympanum has a fanlight style lunette. The door surround is composed of a pilastered ornamental architrave with decorative corner blocks and features an unusual grid designed glass and molding transom and sidelights. The home has a metal-covered gable roof and has a landscaped garden. The formally landscaped boxwood garden is further refinement of the Greek Revival style. A rectangular one-story outbuilding, originally a kitchen, stands about six feet to the west of the house. Additionally, one outbuilding, a log structure reputedly contemporary with the house, stands at the southwest side of the house. Allen Dial (1811-1894) was a successful farmer, a self-taught doctor, and a leader in Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church. Listed in the National Register January 21, 1982. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 21, 1982
Reference number
NR name
Dial, Allen, House
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Other architectural type; Raised cottage
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year
ca. 1855
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" and Imported Photo
  • September 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller