The Greek Revival Charles Hammond House started as a more modest structure in 1775, a year before upstart American colonists declared their independence from Great Britain.
Unlike many historic houses, it has never been owned by a preservation group. It has always been a private residence.
The last owners of the house, Charles L. and Jeanne T. Eubanks, bought it in the early 1960s and got it listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. After their daughter, Babs Eubanks Wagner, put it on the market a couple of years ago, it was shown more than 100 times, said Bill Hixon, whose real estate agency brokered its sale to James O’Neal, who owns an insurance agency in Augusta.
The house has five bedrooms, three baths, a guest house out back and a barn, all on 1.45 acres. It’s 3,994 square feet, and the guest house is 500 square feet. Downstairs, the rooms have 11-foot ceilings; 9 feet upstairs.
According to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, the house “was originally a two-story pine clapboard structure existing from circa 1775-1780. Additions to the home (circa 1830) included front and side porch, extension of the back porch, and rear wing producing an L-shape appearance. The house has a pipe stem chimney, unusual for the area.”
The original house had only five rooms and a central hall. The 1830 additions enlarged it by four rooms, two on each floor.
“Around 1830, an English gardener landscaped a formal garden for the front and side yards,” the department’s website says.
The Hammond family graveyard is located on the property, but could not, by law, be part of the sale – nor could a 5-foot granite pyramid monument commemorating Revolutionary War heroes from the Hammond family.
Charles Hammond was from Virginia, but he and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to what is now North Augusta in 1779, joining other members of the Hammond family.
He and four sons fought on the Patriot side during the Revolutionary War.
Charles Hammond died in 1794 and his wife in 1798. The house was eventually inherited by a grandson, also named Charles Hammond. He oversaw the renovations and addition of the formal garden in 1830.