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Buzhardt-Eidson House-Ward, South Carolina

The first date on this house I read was 1904, which felt late to me. According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the house was built by Jacob P. Buzhardt, a local farmer and merchant, in 1905. I investigated census records, and the Buzhardt family did live in two different places according to the 1900 and 1910 census records. The 1910 census records do confirm they were living in this house at the time. Eventually the home was sold to Victor Eidson, and the home stayed in the Eidson family for several decades.

I am not an architecture expert by any stretch of the imagination, so I always confirm what I am thinking with a couple of friends who know much more than me. I am calling this an eclectic Queen Anne Victorian. There are elements of Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, and Carpenter Gothic. I love a gable and a fancy porch.

This is a 1980 photo from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. It looks like there used to be a screened-in porch at one time.

Spann Methodist Church and Cemetery-Ward, South Carolina

Built in 1873, Spann Methodist Church was built to replace a meeting house on the grounds. It is a prime example of a Greek Revival church in a rural setting.

The cemetery began in the 1840s when the original meeting house was constructed. The earliest marker is dated 1842. It served the congregation and became a a burial ground for the citizens of Ward. It includes several Victorian monuments that are also listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture database.

This deer sits outside of the cemetery. Right below the deer, it says Ward and 1857. It was made by the J. W. Fiske Iron Works.
Josephine Ward, 1851-1857
Captain Clinton Ward, 1828-1905
This marker sits outside of the fenced cemetery. I am guessing this honored the Ward family dog. Oddly, the name of the dog isn’t mentioned.
The back of the inscribed tree doesn’t mention the name of the dog.
This marker sits next to the Victorian dog marker.