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Appleby House — St. George, South Carolina

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This Queen Anne home in rural St. George was built by Thomas John “T.J.” Appleby around 1905 after the original family home burned. Appleby was the Dorchester County auditor and lived in the home with his wife, Carrie, and their five children. Their daughter Carrie Lee inherited the home following her parents’ deaths, both in 1933; she never married and lived alone in the home. Her nephew, Dr. John Gavin Appleby, was her caretaker and helped her with the upkeep of the house. It was modified in 1950 with the addition of a kitchen on the side porch, enabling Carrie Lee to rent part of the home while remaining in it herself. After her death in 1968, Dr. Appleby inherited the house and maintained it, though he did not reside in it. It was left to his four daughters in 1996 following the death of Dr. Appleby’s wife.

Appleby House Dorchester County

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In 2009 the Appleby daughters donated the house, which had been unoccupied since the death of their mother, to the Upper Dorchester County Historical Society. Though architectural plans were drawn to restore the house, the amount of work required for the project was cost-prohibitive. The society looked to grants for the restoration, but the required amount of funding was unavailable. The group maintained the grounds and paid the insurance on the house, but dreams of repairing the historic home and using it as a library for archives and genealogical records did not come true.

Appleby House Before Restoration

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

In January of 2016 the society received a surprise. The Summerville Preservation Society had been contacted by a contractor from the DIY television network asking if anyone knew of a home in the upper part of the county that could be restored for a show segment. The contractor had previously restored a home in Summerville for the show. The society agreed to sell the house to the producers and shared the good news with the Appleby sisters, who also approved.

Appleby House

Brandon Coffey of Charleston, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Construction on the house began in June of 2016, and the episode aired that October with the completed project featured in the DIY Network. Following the Gavin-Appleby House’s television debut, the home went on the market to be sold as a private residence.

Appleby House Info

Address: 300 Quaker Road, St. George, SC 29477
GPS Coordinates: 33.179285,-80.580367

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4 Comments about Appleby House

SCIWAYNo Gravatar says:
August 6th, 2017 at 10:48 pm

Patti, we do not have the information you need but we do know the man, Trent, who restored this home. We will reach out to him with your email address to find the details. Thanks!

Patti DutkoNo Gravatar says:
August 6th, 2017 at 10:11 pm

Could you give me the name of the company you used to make the pickets on the railings of the house? I need to have some made for my Charleston house. Thank you.

judystewartNo Gravatar says:
March 12th, 2017 at 11:42 am

WOW! I sat through the whole renovation and enjoyed every minute of it. My home was built in 1856, but has been maintained and has served many purposes from farm house to hospital and home for unwed mothers(or so I’ve been told) Time to watch the “Cottage” renovation now! Thank you for such an enjoyable morning!
Judy Stewart

tracy peterNo Gravatar says:
February 2nd, 2017 at 12:02 pm

I visit SC about twice a year. I have fallen in love with Charleston and Seabrook Island. I am so drawn to the low county. I just happened to catch the DYI show about the Appleby home. I enjoyed recognizing some of the landmarks and such around the home.


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