Hammond-Preston House circa 1894
A beautiful example of Southern Colonial architecture nestled on a five-acre vestige of a once much-larger plantation, the Hammond- Preston House is regarded as perhaps the only remaining - and certainly the finest - example of Low Country architecture in Anderson County. A significant feature of Low Country architecture is the distinctive awnings that cover the home’s windows.
Designed by an unknown Charleston architect and originally built for Mr. W.Q. Hammond and his family in 1894, the structure has been home to several of Anderson County’s most upstanding families. W.Q. “Quincy” Hammond was regarded by many as one of the most successful farmers in the state and, according to the Anderson Daily Mail, “stimulated and encouraged other farmers by showing them what may be accomplished by energy and intelligent methods.” Mr. Hammond passed away in his home in March of 1906 having acquired some 1500 acres of cultivated farmland.
Later residents to the home include the Charles O’Neal family, World War I hero and Anderson County Treasurer. While under ownership of The Anderson Independent Mail, many publishers were housed here. John Ginn purchased the home from The Anderson Independent while assuming the position of publisher for the paper.
In 2001, the property was purchased by Mr. Joey R. Preston and extensive remodeling was done to return the house to its former one family grandeur.The current owner has done much to honor and restore the original layout while making the house his home. The main floor retains much of the original floor plan with the large foyer, a master bedroom, two dressing rooms, two studies, a formal parlor, a formal dining room, a kitchen, a Florida room, utility space, and four full bathrooms.
Through all of its years, the Hammond-Preston House has been a jewel of Anderson County architecture and its restoration is a fine example of preseservation with an eye for historic detail.