Tag Archives: Chester County

Coleman-Aiken-Balser House-Chester, South Carolina

This Queen Anne Victorian was built before 1900. The exact date is unknown since a fire in the courthouse destroyed the property records. According to one account, the land was purchased in 1897. This Chester, South Carolina home sits just off downtown.

According to the 1900 Census Records, JM Coleman lives here with his wife Stella and her mother, Sarah Mattoon. Coleman was a dry good salesman. News articles highlight he graduated in May 1883 from a college in Baltimore. By August 1883, another news article lists Coleman with other men who are looking to build in Chester.

According to information on the South Carolina Historic Properties website, Coleman sells the house to his mother-in-law, Sarah Mattoon, for $4000 in 1903. They are still listed in residence in 1906.

Eyebrow dormer

By 1908, the Chester City Directory shows Augustus Aiken living here with his family. He works in the fertilizer industry.

By 1920, Abraham Balser, another dry goods salesman, is living here with his family. The Balser family is a prominent Jewish family who lives in the house for several decades. There is a Balser Building in downtown Chester.

It was listed as a contributing property of the Chester Historical District in 1987 on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fish scale tile
1986 photo of the house courtesy of the SC Department of Archives and History
1986 photo of the house courtesy of the SC Department of Archives and History

Old Stone Cemetery-Catawba, South Carolina

This cemetery is located near the entrance to the Landsford Canal State Park. It used to be a part of a Mount Zion Church in Landsford, South Carolina.

The cemetery is not in the best condition. It is surrounded by a stone wall, and the ground is covered with vegetation. According to news stories, the cemetery has faced recent vandalism. From what I could tell, this destruction happened to the headstones closest to the road. This is a critically important cemetery because of the type and age of markers.

This is one of the most interesting 1700s American headstones I’ve seen. While I know it cannot be Art Deco, the design reminds me of Art Deco influences. William Simpson, d. 1777
Jane McFadden, d. 1835
Throughout the cemetery, there were worn-down markers and field stones. Several had these pink flowers placed next to them.
Colonel Robert Patton’s marker. He fought in the Revolutionary War.