Abbeville S.C.

Gettmore

Sergeant
Joined
Jul 5, 2015
Location
Western N.C.
From Wiki:

The property has had seven owners. The original owner, David Lesley, owned it until his death in 1855. He had hired a man named Johnson, an English landscaper, to organize the property. The next owner was a Presbyterian pastor named Thomas A. Hoyt, who owned it until 1859 when he was sent to another church in Louisville, Kentucky. A banker from Charleston, South Carolina, Andrew Simonds, bought it from Hoyt, and in 1862 sold it to Armistead Burt, who owned it when Jefferson Davis used the building.[2]

Davis' wife, Varina Davis, had met Armistead Burt when Jefferson Davis first entered the United States Congress in December 1845. Burt invited Varina Davis and her children to his house, as Varina was sent away fromRichmond, Virginia for her protection. Varina pointed out to Burt that Union soldiers might eventually burn his house for harboring her, but he said there would be no greater cause then for his house to be burnt for. Varina moved to the Mansion on April 17. Days later, after Varina had left to go further South, Davis came to the house.[2]

On May 2, 1865, between four and six in the afternoon, Jefferson Davis held his final war council, with Secretary of war John C. Breckinridge and several military officers, most notable of them Braxton Bragg and Basil W. Duke. Davis wanted to continue the fighting, using the forces still plentiful west of the Mississippi River, but the others disagreed. When Davis asked the men why they were still there then, they replied it was to make sure Davis got to safety. After fuming for a minutes, Davis resigned himself to the decision of the others, effectively ending the existence of the Confederate States of America. However, the last land Confederate force to surrender would not be until June 24, when Stand Watie surrendered in Oklahoma; the last Confederate vessel surrendered at Liverpool later that year. After the Abbeville meeting, the Cabinet, Davis; a 3,000-strong protective force, and the treasury of the Confederacy dispersed.[2][5]

After the war, in 1868 Burt had to sell the house due to bankruptcy. A local planter, James R. Norwood, bought it; when he died in 1875, his widow and daughter inherited it. James Samuel Stark bought it from them in 1900, and with his wife restored the building. On their death, their daughter Mary Stark Davis inherited it. After Davis died in the Fall of 1987, Abbeville Historic Preservation Commission was given control of the house, and have operated tours of it ever since.[2]

I will be attaching multiple photos of the Burt-Stark House. It may take a couple of days. Then, houses in and around The Burt House and
lastly the town square. I hope you enjoy!!! Please don't tell the C-19 police I exited NC for a couple of hours...

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Andersonh1

Brigadier General
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Jan 12, 2016
Location
South Carolina
I visited Abbeville for the first time a few years back and found it to be a beautiful, charming little Southern town, with several sites worth seeing for those of us interested in the history of the Civil War.
 

Gettmore

Sergeant
Joined
Jul 5, 2015
Location
Western N.C.
Kind people, that will stop, so you can cross the street. Had several people do this downtown at the square. I will post those pics in the next couple of days. Only problem right now is the visitor center was closed. The rest of the day was just perfect!
 
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