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Tanglewood Mansion — Pendleton, South Carolina

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Tanglewood Mansion

Tanglewood Mansion in Pendleton was once a prime example of an upcountry-style plantation home. The first home was built in the 1830s, and by the 1860 John Baylis Earle Sloan and his wife, Mollie, had established Tanglewood. Sadly, the home burned in 1908, leaving the ruins of the portico columns.

Tanglewood Mansion Anderson County

Peter Krenn of Rock Hill, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The home was rebuilt two years later, incorporating the remaining columns into the new structure. It remained in the Sloan family until the 1950s and then burned again in 1970. In 2004 the owners of the Tanglewood Mansion sold their property to the Anderson County Library System, and the Pendleton branch of the Anderson County library now sits next to the mansion’s ruins.

Tanglewood Historical

Nancy Tate Hellams of Pendleton, 1910 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The above photo from 1910 shows Tanglewood shortly after it was rebuilt following the fire in 1908. It was sent by Jerry Sloan to local historian Nancy Tate Hellams. The owners of Tanglewood at the time of the 1970s burning says that people were illicitly inhabiting the home at the tome of the fire.

Tanglewood Mansion

Peter Krenn of Rock Hill, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Tanglewood Mansion Info

Address: 650 South Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC 29670
GPS Coordinates: 34.642810,-82.782904

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13 Comments about Tanglewood Mansion

Karen Brown says:
March 11th, 2019 at 7:45 am

What of the slaves who lived there? Who were they? What is the record on them? (I am not just asking where the information can be located, but what that information is). Thanks for your efforts.

Brayden Briggs says:
February 4th, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Probably, the fire spread.

Brayden Briggs says:
February 4th, 2019 at 8:28 am

Ok, we visited this exhibit recently. The fence has been crushed by a treee on the front left which allowed us to get in. The thing is we found some sort of outbuilding out back since if you look behind it, outside of the fence, there is more building remains like the remains of three more fireplaces and some building remains. Probably another house or that would be the most fancy outbuilding ever with three fireplaces.

Sharon Gine says:
September 6th, 2018 at 2:28 pm

One summer, years ago, my husband and I drove the path of Sherman’s March, sans kids, they were too young. I definitely have a connection to the Civil War. We visited original homes, plantations, farms and cemeteries. I remember one area that was full of trees and lots of fallen leaves. You’d be walking and your footsteps would moves the leaves. Small brass markers with names and date of death. I’ll never forget. I’d like to do it again. Alas prob never again.

Sloan Seaborn says:
November 5th, 2016 at 7:03 pm

This home belonged to my great great grandfather. My mother stayed there some when she was a child. It was the family’s summer home. Their main residence was in Charleston, S.C. They owned the William Gibbes House at 64 South Battery that was in the family for just over four decades before it was sold to the widow of Washington Roebling who built the Brooklyn Bridge. My grandfather, Earle Sloan, grew up in the William Gibbes House, spent summers at Tanglewood (we have a very old 8×10 photograph of him as a baby in the arms of his nanny taken at their summer home) and he was born in his maternal grandfather’s home at 172 Rutledge Avenue, which is now Ashley Hall (Girl’s School in Charleston, S.C.).

SCIWAY says:
January 6th, 2016 at 1:41 pm

We have not seen any, but we will contact you if we are able to locate any interior images or if another reader is able to provide some.

Anthony Michaelis says:
January 6th, 2016 at 12:49 pm

Do you know if there are any drawings of the layout of the house?

Anthony Michaelis says:
January 6th, 2016 at 12:45 pm

I was also wondering if there were any pictures of the inside before it burned.

SCIWAY says:
January 6th, 2016 at 12:28 pm

Here are some historic photos of Tanglewood Mansion from the Historical Marker Database. Enjoy!

Anthony Michaelis says:
January 6th, 2016 at 11:56 am

Are there any pictures of it before it burned?

Kathy Edwards says:
February 23rd, 2015 at 12:21 am

There was a structure in this vicinity ca. 1835 that was, in all probability, Greek Revival–that is, would have had a tall columned facade or portico–but it wasn't a residence. It was a 'folly'– a pavilion on Thomas Pinckney's mill pond, built by the Stuarts and called The Temple of Friendship. It appears on several plats of the period and later.

SCIWAY says:
February 13th, 2015 at 12:37 pm
Kathy Edwards says:
February 13th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

As an historian, I'd very much appreciate learning where there is a structure recorded on this property at this location prior to 1856, when Floride Calhoun purchased Mrs. Wm Adger's Dunean property and sold this portion to John Baylis Earle Sloan. Can the author of this posting point me to the deed or plat book? Would help me with a larger project. Thank you.


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