Nathaniel Gist House

162 Fant Acres Road, Union, SC

Historic home near Union, SC


Nathaniel Gist House, Right Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Nathaniel Gist House, constructed 1855, is architecturally significant as an outstanding example of Greek Revival plantation architecture in upcountry South Carolina. With its brick load-bearing exterior and interior walls and stuccoed white, brick-columned portico, the Gist House is atypical in construction from and more classical in design than the frame farmhouses typical of the mid-nineteenth century upland South. This 1855 house has had no significant structural alterations for the past century and a half. Although occupied intermittently, with periods of neglect, it has retained its exterior and interior character-defining elements, and exemplifies a taste and style of affluent planters of its time and place. The house sits on a twenty-one-acre parcel on a rise above the river, and was once visible to river traffic before the growth of the Sumter National Forest. A segment of Old Woods Ferry Road traverses the property. This landscape feature contributes to the character and significance of the property. Approximately 200 feet southwest of the house is a stone-lined circular well constructed with stones from the Broad River and capped with pecked granite slabs similar to the thresholds of the house. It is believed to be the earliest and main water supply for the house. The well contributes to the character and significance of the property. Listed in the National Register February 11, 2011. - SCDAH

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  • October 23, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • November 15, 2013: Added by Michael Miller