Built circa 1790, The Benjamin Stiles Rivers house sits on a private & peaceful 1.25 acres in downtown historic Walterboro, SC. Located in a charming town full of antebellum homes, and an hour or less to Charleston, Edisto Island, Beaufort, and Savannah, this very large lot would be perfect for a homesteader, gardening enthusiast, or someone who wants some space and privacy. Surrounded on 3 sides by a tall thick hedge, the lawns, small orchards, 24 raised beds, chicken coop & run, shed, and cabin / she shed / man cave back up to 12 wooded acres. This beautiful home is surrounded by 19th-century handmade brick-lined flower beds, over 50 fruit trees and bushes, 3 grand oaks, many many flowering plants and trees, and a sculptural tree trunk that is home to a resident family of pileatedwoodpeckers.
The home itself is stunning. The 370 square foot front porch has soaring ceilings, original hand-shaped columns (solid trees cut into square columns), newly supported framing, and a new cypress floor with banded edges. When you walk through the French doors into the foyer, the first thing you notice are the original wide-plank wood floors. The two rooms on either side of the foyer & the upstairs are the original portion of the home, and have matching fireplaces and 9 over 6 windows with old panes. Continuing through the hallway toward the back of the home, the rear hallway and two rooms on either side are from an addition estimated to be from the year 1820, and also share matching fireplaces, and a large built-in hutch. Continuing on, the modern kitchen has beautiful painted wide plank floors, quartz countertops, and a sink that was found on the property before its last big remodel. The breakfast area is the original kitchen house that was moved and connected to the house in the 1950's.
The large fireplace in the living room has gas logs, and the gas line has been left in such a way that it would be easy to add gas logs to the bedroom fireplace just behind it. The fireplace in the dining room has a wood-burning stove with a new metal pipe lining the entire chimney. The Carew Rice-style silhouette mural in the dining room was painted by the artist Jorge Ruiz and features scenes of the home & property.