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Durham House — Marion, South Carolina


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The home seen below is thought to be one of the oldest homes in Marion, if not the oldest. The original four-room, one-story dwelling is thought to have been built around 1804. When it was remodeled in 1870 the second floor was added, as well as two bay windows, the double porch, and gingerbread details.

Durham House Marion

Charles Payne of Rock Hill, 2016 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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The Durham House is listed in the National Register as part of the Marion Historic District:

The Marion Historic District includes both commercial and residential structures having both historical and architectural value. The residential structures are primarily wooden and are one or two stories high. The area is representative of the various styles of classically derived nineteenth century architecture. In evidence are the early frame structures of the 1800s, the antebellum houses with Greek Revival porticoes, the raised cottage style typical of the Pee Dee, and the Victorian homes of the turn of the century. Other styles include Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Bungalow. The central business district retains visual continuity and unity in terms of height, scale and setback. The majority of these buildings are brick, one or two stories high, and situated along the sidewalk with no setback. As both a county seat and railroad town, Marion was important in the growth of South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. The town was named for Revolutionary War hero Gen. Francis Marion.

Durham House Info


Address: 107 East Dozier Street, Marion, SC 29571
GPS Coordinates: 34.179499,-79.399796

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One Comment about Durham House

R. M. FoxworthNo Gravatar says:
March 28th, 2018 at 1:04 pm

This was originally the home of Thomas Godbold, Jr. whose father, Thomas Godbold, Sr., founded the town of Marion and donated the land for the town square. It was always a two-story house; the 1870’s remodel raised the ceilings in the upstairs front rooms, but the hall ceiling remains at the original low height as does the front pediment, which is probably the original portico of the house.




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