Robertson-Easterling-McLaurin House

W of Bennettsville off SC 912, Bennettsville, South Carolina


Robertson-Easterling-McLaurin House, Facade

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

View this photo at


Street View 


The Roberston-Easterling-McLaurin House is a two-and-one-half story, central hall, frame farmhouse of the I-house type with a brick pier foundation and exterior gable end chimneys. Believed to have been constructed ca. 1790 for Drury Robertson, the house is a locally significant example of construction techniques and stylistic characteristics of farmhouses of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The craftsmanship and taste of the period are reflected in its hewn timber frame construction, pegged mortise and tenon joints, wainscoting, marbleizing on the stairs, and denticulated cornice. In addition, the house is associated with the lives of persons who played significant roles in the political history of Marlboro County. During the formative years of the county, in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Drury Robertson (1751-1822) served as county court justice, clerk of court, road commissioner, and delegate to the South Carolina General Assembly. In the early twentieth century it became the home of John Lowndes McLaurin (1860-1934), a former United States Congressman and Senator. While living in the house, McLaurin represented Marlboro County in the S.C. General Assembly and served as state warehouse commissioner. Listed in the National Register April 5, 1984. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 5, 1984
Reference number
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. 1790

Update Log 

  • September 29, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 29, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller