Woodland’s Mansion

Woodland’s Mansion

Woodlands was built in 1906 by Pennsylvania Railroad baron, Robert W. Parsons. Parsons bought 100 acres of land just outside Summerville and constructed his family’s winter home. The Parsons family sold the property in 1939 to Alan White, a respected botanist...
Catherine B. “Kitty” Smith Springs

Catherine B. “Kitty” Smith Springs

She was born Catherine B. Smith in 1834. Her mother was Martha Smith [1800-1849] a full-blooded Indian, and her father was white making Catherine a mulatto. This heritage would later influence her decisions and soften her heart to those around her who were less...
Health Resorts in Summerville

Health Resorts in Summerville

1889-1930s Summerville has always considered itself a healthy place. We’ve had our ups and downs but we always seem to come out on top. Probably the darkest days were during the Civil War her in America. The south lost the war and things were changed all round. The...
The Teacherage

The Teacherage

The house at 127 West Fifth South Street was probably built around 1877. The property was surveyed for Mr. B. S. Rhett of Charleston in that year. At the time this house was built, the only building nearby was the “Paradise Hotel” across the street. From Rhett the...
JAMES HENRY HAMMOND

JAMES HENRY HAMMOND

James Henry Hammond was born on November 15, 1807.  But wait a minute, let’s back up and look at his parents. The descendents of the Hammond family settled in Massachusetts back in 1634.  It wasn’t until 1802, that a representative of the Hammond family came to...