Virginia Durant Young House

Also known as: Fairfax Library
US 278, Fairfax, South Carolina


Virginia Durant Young House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Virginia Durant Young House is a one and one-half story frame, weatherboarded, vernacular Victorian cottage associated with the career of Virginia Durant Young, journalist, novelist, humanitarian, political activist and internationally recognized leader of the women’s suffrage movement in South Carolina and the nation. The house was probably built ca. 1881, shortly after Mrs. Young and her husband, Dr. William Jasper Young acquired the property. The home also served as the office for Mrs. Young’s newspaper, the Fairfax Enterprise and as the office for Dr. Young’s medical practice. The house rests on brick piers and has an irregular U-shaped plan that incorporated a medical office for Dr. Young. The core of the house has a gable roof with boxed cornice and returns and features two interior chimneys and one exterior chimney now enclosed by the addition to the northwest of the house. Two gable-roofed dormers pierce the front slope of the roof. A slightly recessed flat-roofed wing with a bracketed cornice extends from the right side of the building. The building, at time of nomination, housed the Fairfax Public Library. Listed in the National Register August 8, 1983. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 1983
Reference number
NR name
Young, Virginia Durant, House
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Medical business/office; Single dwelling; Communications facility
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
ca. 1881
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2

Update Log 

  • August 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • June 9, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • June 9, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller