OFFICERS & STAFF
MEMBERSHIP UPDATES by Wade B. Fairey
Curator of History As part of the important work of “Finishing the White Home”, Los An-
Wade B. Fairey, Sr. geles artist Frank Shepard Fairey whose artwork came to symbolize the historic
campaign of President Barack Obama, (Inside Smithsonian 09), is working to
Development Director aid Historic Rock Hill in developing a limited run of signed prints on the local
environment. His focus will most likely be that of the beautiful and historic Ca-
tawba River. Donors at the $2,500., level will receive a signed print by the artist,
Board of Directors and those who have previously
pledged this amount or more may
Joe Sherrill also request a print.
Shepard is the grandson of
Vice President Martha Buice Fairey and the late
Frank Robards Frank S. Fairey, formerly of Rock
Hill. His material grandfather, the
Secretary late Charles S. Davis, was also the
Melanie Hornsby President of Winthrop University. If
you have not figured all of this out he
Treasurer is also the nephew of HRH‟s Direc-
Frances L. Rouse
tor, W.B. Fairey.
John Barnes, Jr.
As one of his South Carolina
relatives, I am frequently asked about
Randy Cook Shepard‟s rise to international fame.
There are dozens of websites dedi-
Anne Couick cated to Shepard and his involvement
in what I term, “socially conscious
John Hill art.” Besides the all famous portrait Shepard and wife Amanda, and their two girls at Christmas 08
of our newest President that now hangs in the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, the
Neily Pappas Boston Museum of Contemporary Art is also featuring his work through August
of 2009. Several months ago, on CBS‟s Sunday Morning, the museum‟s curator
James I. Robinson
called Shepard‟s talent one of the most important of the 21st century. He also
recently designed materials for Saks Fifth Avenue of New York and continues
his creative work along with his growing staff of graphic designers in L.A.
Hal Todd The Board of Directors and I deeply appreciate Shepard‟s desire to assist
in our efforts to raise the funds necessary to complete the White Home. The
Stephen Turner home itself is a green project, as are most historic preservations, and the design
for Shepard‟s Catawba Valley artwork will certainly help enhance regional inter-
HISTORIC ROCK HILL ests and awareness in the arts, environment, and historic preservation.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REMARKS
For years, HRH has hosted monthly and quarterly meetings.
Over the past few years dozens of first rate programs have been pre-
sented by staff, members, and experts. But of lately, the audience has
continued to dwindle, and the Board of Directors has accepted a new
route to get its message to the membership and to the general public
which continues a strong tradition of spreading HRH‟s messages.
Betty Jo Rhea has agreed to allow HRH to play a regular role
in presenting programs and discussions on CN2‟s, The City Minute.
Programs will be filmed regularly with a group of interesting collec-
tors, historians, and those who shape Rock Hill‟s history. It is hoped that the wider audience, including most of
Historic Rock Hill‟s members, will tune in frequently to see what Betty Jo, guests, and I have to present. These
presentations will more easily spread the word of HRH‟s work and help attract memberships from everyone
who enjoys the show and appreciates local history. Our membership is strong but we always are looking for
new recruits to assist in building the organization.
The annual meeting in May of each year for members and their guests will continue being held as al-
ways. By the time this news letter reaches you, I hope that you will have already been informed of several of
our programs airing on CN2. Initially the two programs are going to be on older photographs in HRH‟s grow-
ing collection. I hope the word is spreading that we would like to either have your older Rock Hill photographs
or allow us to scan them at your home or office. Each Thursday afternoon, volunteer and long-term supporter,
Paul Gettys and I visit homes to help preserve these photographs. We are particularly interested in events,
buildings, and homes that helped build Rock Hill. Thus far, these photographs have been invaluable in collect-
ing data on homes and buildings that have been demolished.
If you have something in your home, please call me. Paul and I would be pleased to visit and record
your data or acquire it for part of Historic Rock Hill‟s photo collections. The number is 803-329-1020.
“ Lisa Hendrix”
May Day was so much fun!! With everything else
going on in and around Rock Hill our crowd was not large, I remember When…...
but we had a lot of fun! The cakewalk was a big hit again
thanks to Frances Rouse & everyone who donated the deli- “My brother, Wilson Carlisle White, of Chester was a
cious cakes & goodies. This year we added a new event in student at Clemson University when William C.
conjunction with Derby Day. The SC Horseman’s Council White of Rock Hill was there. Several times their tui-
(Betty Rankin) joined us with children’s & adults Derby
tion bills were transposed. But the most interesting
Races with stick horses. Our adult winner of the Race was
Steve Simmons (with a gallant 2nd place by Joe Sherrill), situation was when my grandmother, Mrs. Tom
who was presented with a pewter mint julep cup. We also White, in Chester died. My father sent a telegram to
sold several of our White Home Formosa azaleas (approx. Clemson saying „Mother died today,‟ and it was deliv-
70 left) & got 2 new members!! The weather turned out to ered to William C. White who started to Rock Hill
be very nice, we had great volunteers & donors (make sure
to take a look at the Thank you section, & if you see any-
one listed, please thank them for their contribution), we In the middle of the night the Commandant
were outside together with friends; it was a fun and suc- suddenly realized that there was another W. C. White
cessful day. If you were not able to attend this year, hope at school. He summoned my brother who called home
you’ll make plans to join us next year! and found that his grandmother had died. He thumbed
I want to take this time to also ask you to please
a ride to Chester and arrived as the sun was coming
look through you Lantern and notice the businesses that
support us. I hope you will take the time to patronize these up!
businesses and thank them for their support. If you have a William C. White had arrived home earlier and
business that is interested in advertising, please just let me imagine his relief and delight when his mother met
know. It is a good way to get your name to our member- him at the door!!!”
ship and a great way to support us!
Even though our economy seems to be inching up,
the Historic Rock Hill staff is still trying to do what we can to Submitted by thank you to, Mary Phillips White Get-
watch our monies. I would like to ask your thoughts on a tys (Mrs. Tom Gettys)
postage saving idea…e-mailing the membership renewals
and White Home invoices and acknowledgements to those You can get your memories and stories to me by
with e-mail addresses. I realize every one does not check
e-mailing them to email@example.com,
their e-mails on a daily schedule, but expected it would be
checked within the month of the renewals and payments mailing them to PO Box 651 29731, or just giving us
due. If this did not suit, the member could just let me know, a call 329-1020. We look forward to hearing them.
and I could snail mail the renewal or invoice. What do you
think? I am very interested in your comments. This is your organization, so let Wade and me hear from you.
Andy & Susan Douglas Pat Swicegood
Wilma Taylor Norma White
Steve & Debbie Jones Sandy Wilson
Tom & Julie Stanford
ELIZABETH REED & LOCAL HISTORY
Century Old Mt. Gallant Rich In History
The Evening Herald, Sept. 2, 1959
A historic house, Mt. Gallant, just outside the city limits went into it‟s second century of
existence this year.
Mt. Gallant is the large Georgian type dwelling standing aloof and alone just off Mt.
Gallant Rd., where it joins Highways 21 by-pass. The road derived its name from the house.
Built in 1858 by Col. Cadwallader Jones of Northampton Co., in eastern NC, it still Along the Land’s Ford Road by Wm. B. White
stands as a tribute to its builder. The name was derived from the Jones home on the Halifax. Col. Jones came to York County in 1857
after a political defeat in North Carolina. He then vowed he would never pay another cent of taxes in NC– and he never did.
Not only did Cadwallader Jones and his wife, Annie Isabella Iredell, daughter of a NC governor , come from a long line of
distinguished persons, but they and their descendants left an impact on York County. (Sections skipped due to space limitations.)
The story is told that once during the war a group of raiders came up to the fence which surrounded the house. Mrs. Jones
was rocking a baby in the great hall with its stained mahogany staircase when her maid cam running: “Land, Mrs. Jones, de Yankees
done come.” Mrs. Jones grabbed a gun, ran after them shooting as she ran and the Yankees never bothered her any more.
When Rock Hill got its first fire engine in the 1880‟s, there was no more suitable name for the bright new piece than
“Marion Jones”, named for Marion Porcher Jones, a daughter of Capt. Allen Jones. She was described as the sweetest flower that
ever bloomed along the banks of the Catawba.”
Col. Cadwallader Jones died in Columbia in 1899, (at the age of 86) and was buried in Trinity church yard. There rested
three roses inside his casket. One was from a bush transplanted in 1880 from Mt. Gallant on the Halifax, the second dried bud he had
carried with him since 1840. It had grown in the garden of his wife‟s father, Gov. James Iredell. The third
grew from a bud which had rested on the pulseless hear of John C. Calhoun.
Until Col. Iredell Jones sold the place to Sam Friedheim, generations of the Jones family lived in the
proud home and managed the 2,000 acre farm. Tenants lived for a while in the house. William Wilson restored
the house and lived in it with his family. The V.L. Rice family was the last to lit in it.
Cadwallader, a Welch name means, “a battle arranger.”
My first recollection of the house was in the mid 1960‟s when it had been fully abandoned and was
Herald Photo Sept. 2, 1959
being heavily vandalized by those who saw little value to the magnificent home of one of Rock Hill‟s most
influential and prosperous farmers. The City Without Cobwebs, devotes a great deal of print to the family and their lives in Rock Hill.
On page 102, the author writes, “Old Cad‟s family, the daddy of „em all lived in regal splendor over at Mount Gallant just as they did
during slavery times-entertaining, putting on the dog...and generally, acting and living as if they were millionaires.”
Even with all that has been said, Mt. Gallant was not a fine home but a large farm house designed on a four square plan with
little exterior or interior frills. The home was constructed at a time when the owner‟s furnishings, draperies, carpets, and accessories
were so lavish that any undue ornamentation to the house itself would have gone unnoticed. Unfortunately, I do not know who the
builder of the house was and I have not found records to suggest anyone. However, by anyone‟s standards of the 1850‟s, the house
was large, grand, and imposing. Today, the Rock Hill School District‟s Offices on the corner of Mt. Gallant Road and the By-pass
sit on the approximate site of the Mt. Gallant plantation. Mt. Gallant road today stretches for miles toward western York County. I
for one think Cadwallader Jones would be very proud to know that his home‟s legacy remains a prominent figure in 2008.
THE CURATOR’S CORNER
During my years as the Executive Director of Historic Brattonsville and the Historical Center of York
County, I came across many references to persons of color working as free artisans throughout York County.
My database shows that approximately twenty men worked in York and Chester Counties prior to 1865 as car-
penters, brick masons, mechanics, painters, blacksmiths, and cabinet makers. Family names that continued
being reflected in the records included; Archer, Hunt, Meacham (one of many spellings), Owen, Watson,
Watts or Watt, White, and Wright.
Of particular interest and importance to Rock Hill‟s history are George and Jimmy Watt as well as
Warren White. These men provided skilled labor for local residents and lived highly productive lives in the
shadow of families that provided safe harbor. The Watts were known to have lived near downtown Rock Hill
on the plantation of Isom Kirkpatrick. According to William B. White‟s recent books on Rock Hill history,
“his farm ultimately came to be the Johnston Street-Hampton Street-Trade Street area of the town of Rock
Hill.” (Vol. II., p. 187). Kirkpatrick (1799-1864), most likely offered the family a place to safely work as
cabinet makers. Somewhere in my records, I remember seeing that Mr. Watt was also involved in working for
Ann H. White in the late 1850‟s, but I can‟t find the document in time for this issue.
Following the Civil War, the Watt family continued playing a vital role in Rock Hill‟s history. Mr.
Watt was a central figure in the construction of Hermon Presbyterian Church on South Dave Lyle Blvd., and
their family name also graces a street sign on Crawford Road near Clinton College.
Historic Rock Hill is very interested in your assistance. What do you know that could shed light on
Rock Hill‟s important ante-bellum history and those free men and women who lived in fear of not being free?
REMEMBER DID YOU KNOW
Have you made your contribu- June 5-28 Festival of Flowers
tion or five year pledge toward Greenwood, SC 803-223-8411
Finishing the White Home? June – July 11 Pieces of Our Lives Quilt Exhibit
Anderson Co. Museum 864-260-4737
Matching Gifts: Bank of America
Piedmont Medical Center
Don’t forget to ask for matching gifts if your company gives them.
Let us know if your matching company isn’t listed.
Memorials/In Honor of (address to use PO Box 651 RH, SC 29731)
Beautiful brass Rock Hill ornaments $20 each or Complete set of 5 $90
Business membership- Your business card in each edition of the Lantern
Billy White’s wonderful books: Vol. 1 A History of Ante-Bellum Village Rock Hill $35
Vol. 2 The Genealogy of over (100) of Rock Hill’s earliest families $35
Both volumes can be found at The Overhead Station & Bookworm (Only 40 Vol. II’s Remain for sale!)
White Home Formosa azaleas- $12/ 1 gal. Pot delivered in surrounding area (Only 60 left)
Thank you to:
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream for their on going support of Sundaes on Sunday!
Everyone that made May Day so much fun, just look at the children!
HRH Volunteers: Debbie & Stephen Turner John & Melanie Hornsby
Rusty Robinson Genie Poag
Betty Jo Rhea Dot Amick
Anne Bunton Lisa Robards
Martha McDonald Carolyn Carpenter
Marshall & Frances Rouse Guy Hendrix
Charlotte Shillinglaw Kathy Sanders
Anne Couick (Jerry) Ann Couick (Arnold)
Betty Powell Grazier Rhea
Neily Pappas Ann Gill
Jeanie James Joe Sherrill
Susan Lyle Gracie Barnes
Barbara Williams Cathy Fairey
City of Rock Hill Volunteers: Bea Whitaker Mary Foote
Phil & Suzanne Okey Candy Randall
Sue Marlowe Billie George
Denise Mundy Donna Welch
Ebenezer Grill Hege Jewelers
Kinch‟s Rock Hill Coca Cola Bottling Co.
SC Horseman‟s Council Paul Coombs6
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Mr. Joe Sherrill
This is a very exciting time for Historic Rock Hill! Would you believe that we expect to
complete the restoration of the rear annex of the White Home in just a few months from now?
It‟s true! The completion of the annex will make it possible for us to finally have a presence in
our new home and begin to offer the space to the public for meetings, parties, even weddings, as
well as the many other uses befitting this wonderful jewel. It has taken a lot of people donating a
lot of their time and money to get us to this point. We are blessed with so many talented and hard
working volunteers, who have taken up this project as a cause. One person in particular, has
given so much time and talent to this project is Neily Pappas. Neily has worked tirelessly with the contractors,
the city planning and inspections staff and the Board of Historic Review to keep the work going at a steady
pace, from the time we purchased the property over four years ago, and continues today. We surely would not
be where we are today without Neily‟s dedication and commitment to this project. I‟m sure I speak for all of
you as I offer a really huge THANK YOU, Neily!
While a lot has been accomplished, there is still a lot of work to be done, and I am hopeful that we can
keep up the pace of new and renewed pledges to the fundraising effort. Also, thank you all for the new mem-
bers you have brought onto HRH, and please keep on asking anyone you know to become members. Our
membership has grown over the past four years, but I still would like to see a thousand members within a year.
Please do all you can to help us grow. Also, let me hear from you if you have any suggestions, or want to vol-
unteer to help in any way. You can reach me at 366-7509, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FROM THE COLLECTIONS
Historic Rock Hill has recently been given several very important collections of historic photographs.
Many are part of the large White Family Collection. It is hoped that many of you will continue helping HRH
both collect original images as well as allow the staff and volunteers to scan copies that can be used to tell the
story of Rock Hill‟s history. We think it is important to share
some of our favorites.
Pictured are members of the White family, accompanied
by a handsome young man, who is pretending to guard their
wagon trip. Does anyone know who this young man is? The trip
was taken to the Great Falls in circa 1903, to photograph the
falls prior to their being inundated by rising water. The dam at
Great Falls was to be completed within a short time, and these
wagon train expeditions seemed highly popular with members of
the White family. Their other photographs of the falls are highly
prized by historians and the Katawba Valley Land Trust of Lan-
caster, SC. Mr. Lindsey Pettus, of the KVLT believes they may
be the only photographs of the falls.
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Rock Hill & The Lantern.
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Rock Hill you just need to care and enjoy the preservation of our heritage.
HISTORIC ROCK HILL
PO BOX 651
ROCK HILL, SC 29731
HISTORIC ROCK HILL’s MISSION
The mission of Historic Rock Hill is to preserve the historic and cultural resources of the Rock Hill, South Carolina area through protecting and
restoring historic properties; preserving the written and physical evidence of the past; encouraging the revitalization of historic neighborhoods;
and educating the public through exhibits, publications, programs and activities.