Wade-Beckham House

Also known as: Beckham House
SC 200, Lancaster, South Carolina


Wade-Beckham House, Facade Detial

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Wade-Beckham House is a two-story frame residence, one of the last surviving mid-19th century plantations or farmhouses in Lancaster County. This rural residence blends the Greek Revival and Neo-Classical styles. Originally one room deep, the structure was doubled in size in 1916. At that time the original end chimneys were removed and interior fireplaces were constructed between front and rear rooms on both sides of the central hall. The original porch on the front remains basically intact with its massive box columns, which project past the first floor porch as freestanding elements. The lower portion of these columns was replaced with brick piers during the 1916 renovation. The original windows and doors with transoms and sidelights are intact. A one-story kitchen wing and porch on the rear of the structure were part of the 1916 addition. The original Greek Revival period moldings and doors remain in the ca. 1840 portion of the house, as do the original plaster walls. The house’s history parallels the history of an agrarian and rural society that has faded. Owners of the house include James T. Wade, who built the home, James Rinaldo Massey, Jr., who served as a state legislator from 1884-1885, and H.J. Beckham, who built the 1916 addition that doubled the size of the house. Two outbuildings – a small wooden store and a barn – are also included in the nomination. Listed in the National Register June 17, 1988. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 17, 1988
Reference number
NR name
Wade--Beckham House
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure; Business
Current function
Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1825-1849
Significant years
1832; 1845
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • September 18, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Alternate Name", "Description" & "Street Views" and Imported Photo
  • September 18, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller