The Heyward House, which graced downtown Hardeeville from roughly 1890 until 2019, was originally built for William N. Heyward, a former Confederate officer who lived in Hardeeville by at least 1889. Although the core of the structure comprised the area’s oldest home, subsequent owners made extensive revisions and additions, compromising its historic integrity.
The house remained in the Heyward family until at least the 1950s, when it was owned by Hal and Floride Heyward. The Foskey family owned the home until June of 2009, when the City of Hardeeville purchased it for $150,000 for use as a library or museum. Unfortunately, the National Register declined the city’s application, deeming the home no longer pristine enough for inclusion. Without an applicable historic designation, the city could not obtain grants to restore it for public use.
Lacking the funds to renovate the home and bring it up to code, the city voted in 2017 to sell the home to a private citizen, Michael Condon of Vintage Home Restoration, for $60,000. Condon, who flips historic homes, planned to move the Heyward House to Pritchardville. He then aimed to develop the home’s former lot into multi-family housing, selling each of the eight new residences for between $175,000 and $225,000. He promised to contribute $10,000 towards the cost of moving the home.
The effort to move the home to Pritchardville did not come to fruition. Condon decided to give the home away to anyone who could move it. In 2019, the Heyward Home was moved to Georgia (1).
All in all, there is not a great deal of information about this old home, now lost to our state. We would really love to document it more thoroughly. If you have any knowledge you can share, please comment below or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive full credit for your contribution. Thank you!
Heyward House: Our Sources
1. Bob Jones, Realtor, Personal Correspondence, 2020.