The White Homestead is a remarkably beautiful, majestic, historic home, located approximately one half mile from downtown Fort Mill, S.C. The mansion is very rich and deep in military family connections tracing back many generations. The pleasure of touring the home was afforded to me, my wife and six other couples about 4 years ago. The mansion is not open for public touring, but thanks to Anne Springs Close, other family members, and Ann Evans, this was made possible.The home has 28 rooms,an indoor swimming pool and garden, artifacts, and furniture from all over the world.The original home was built in 1831 and its architecture according to some historians is a copy of a manor in Yorkshire, England. Colonel Elliott White Springs and his family was the last in a long line of ancestors to occupy the home. In 1921, Captain Elliott White Springs , the only surviving descendant of Samuel E. White began remodeling the home. Samuel E. White was the grandfather of Elliott and he purchased the home from his brother, David Hutchison White in 1873. The homestead was unoccupied from 1877 until 1922.

 

Civil War Connection

Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, and his cabinet held their last meeting at the White Homestead. The meeting was held on the spacious front lawn on April 27, 1865. In 1865, the White Homestead received damage from Federal troops who were scattered throughout S.C. during the Civil War days. An outdoor kitchen was burned by the troops. Things could have been much worse. A historical marker near Highway 160 West reflects the cabinet meeting held by Jefferson Davis.

 

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