The Price House
The Price House
At the crossroads between Charleston and Georgia, Thomas Price built this brick house in 1795. The property he had was originally only 144 acres, but he expanded it to 2,000 acres. He had a license to run a "house of entertainment" on his property. This is not as we would think it today. At that time it meant he could rent rooms to travelers and provide food and 'refreshments' (usually rum). He also ran a post office and general store.
Thomas Price died in 1820 and his wife died in 1821. They did not have any children, so everything was sold. There was a complete 42 page inventory that has been used as a guide to furnish the house with pieces that would have been used at that time.
Today, there have been other historical buildings of the area moved to this site to portray the buildings that were here when the Price's were here. You will find a slave cabin and another cabin that represents the kitchen. There are many artifacts to view as well.
Another interesting fact about the property is that during World War II, a bomber crashed during training in the back property. While the military had cleaned up the large fragments from the plane, small fragments still remained. The Historical Association has been able to locate the site and find these fragments and other artifacts from the plane and have them on display for you to see as well.
The Price House was nice. They had beds that showed the ropes that the mattress would go on. You could tighten the rope with something made out of wood that they have. You wouldn't want the ropes to be loose or break. Broken ropes means you could be without a bed for a long time. You would have had to make new ropes yourself, as they didn't sell rope like they do today.
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