Please note that Old Stone House is located on private property and has been the victim of repeated vandalism. Like all private homes, this one is subject to South Carolina’s “No Trespassing” laws, and it is illegal to enter the home without permission. The current owners of Old Stone House no longer wish to be contacted with requests. However, the interior images on this page were taken with the express consent of the owner.
Called Old Stone House in homage to its early owners, the Stone family, this historic manse sits along an otherwise isolated country road in Winnsboro. The land surrounding it once belonged to Samuel Gladney, who received his acreage through a royal land grant in 1768. A corner of the house is etched with the date 1784, likely the year the house was built.
The house served as a residence for many years until nearby Lebanon Presbyterian Church acquired the home for use as its parsonage in 1870. At the time, the church – formerly called Jackson Creek Presbyterian – was located near this site, and ruins from the original church can be seen on neighboring Airport Road. The church moved to its current location in 1893. Now vacant, Old Stone House has fallen into disrepair.
The Old Stone House is listed in the National Register:
The Old Stone House is significant as a rare example of eighteenth-century stone construction. Samuel Gladney (ca. 1740-1800) received a royal land grant in 1768 on which he constructed the Old Stone House. A corner of the house bears the date 1784. The house passed through several owners before it was purchased in 1870 by the Lebanon Presbyterian Church for use as a parsonage. The house is a two-story, side-gable roofed, stone building, with a double-pile floor plan and end chimneys of stone. The front porch foundation and stone piers remain, although porch roof and supports have been removed. The façade has a central door with a massive stone lintel flanked by single four-over-four windows with stone lintels. The second story has three four-over-four, shuttered windows. The rear elevation has an off-center entrance flanked by two single windows. The second story has two four-over-four windows and a third that has been filled with stone. The roof is covered with metal.
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Contributor Pete Holland, who did the above painting, shares: “This is the Old 1784 Stone House in Winnsboro, SC. I did a painting of the house in preparation for the Fairfield County Ag + Art Tour in June of 2015. I’m a retired architect who loves to paint portraits of old structures and this house was begging to be painted. It’s in serious need of restoration and I sincerely hope someone heeds the call.”