Welsh Neck-Long Bluff-Society Hill Historic District

SW of Bennettsville along U.S. 15, Bennettsville, South Carolina


Enoch Hanford House

Cosntructed: ca. 1803 Style: Georgian

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Welsh Neck-Long Bluff-Society Hill area is one rich in historic significance. The Welsh Neck community was an early religious center (a ca. 1738 Baptist church was established here) for the Pee Dee region, and Long Bluff served as a judicial center. The courthouse at Long Bluff, with its jail, tavern, and supporting buildings, was a center of activity for the Upper Pee Dee region during the Revolution. Few small communities have contributed more to the public in the way of culture, education and leadership than has Society Hill. It has numbered among its population outstanding leaders in religion and education, jurists, statesmen, soldiers, authors, and agriculturists. The Society Hill Library Society was formed in 1822. This group grew out of the St. Davidís Society, founded 1777 in Cheraw, which had a wide-spread influence and was a main factor in making Society Hill a center of intelligent leadership in the Pee Dee for a century and a half. This is a rural community with many fine antebellum homes in the Georgian mode. Constructed on large lots or in wooden settings, many are two-storied clapboard structures with one-story front verandas. Nineteenth century mercantile establishments still operate in unadorned frame buildings of a purely functional design. Within the entire district there are approximately 250 structures. Welsh Neck and Long Bluff, both now unoccupied wooded areas, are considered excellent potential archaeological sites. Listed in the National Register December 16, 1974. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 16, 1974
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian: Second Empire; Georgian
Areas of significance
Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Military; Education; Politics/Government; Architecture; Religion
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current functions
Underwater; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1850-1874; 1800-1824; 1750-1799; 1825-1849
Significant years
1736; 1748; 1798
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 250
Non-contributing objects: 60

Update Log 

  • August 26, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • August 12, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View"
  • August 12, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller