Thursday Doors

Socastee, South Carolina, is about 11 miles northwest of Murrells Inlet where we are staying in an unincorporated part of Horry County. It is situated along the Intracoastal Waterway, has a population of about 20,000, and is known as the home of the Socastee Swing Bridge.

Their small historic district includes the Sarvis House and the Cooper House, and is within a short walking distance of the bridge. We checked them both out.

Samual Sarvis built his house in 1881 from lumber locally milled or brought in by boat and then transported to the site by mules and wagon.Β Samuel married Lucy Grissette from NC in 1881, had ten children, but Lucy died giving birth to her last child in 1896. He did not remarry.

The last Sarvis to live in the home was Jane, Sanuel’s granddaughter, who purchased it from another family member in 1983. The only upgrades were to add electricity, plumbing, heat pump, and to remove one room that was not structurally sound. Jane was forced to leave the home in 2010 because of medical issues.

The house remained vacant until 2013 when the house was purchased by the Socastee Heritage Foundation.

Around the corner from the Sarvis House is the T. B. Cooper House and General Store. This house was built in 1908 for Mr. Cooper, the Postmaster,Β by Robert M. Prince Sr.

Yesterday’s general store is today’s event center where many a shabby chic event is held.

There were also beautiful plants at both homes including Oregon Grape Holly, Azaleas, Spiderwort, Oxalis Shamrock Clover, and Wisteria.

Happy Thursday everyone. See you on the flip side from New England next week. πŸ™‚

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, March 28, 2019.

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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35 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Joanne Sisco says:

    The thought of an outhouse strikes terror in my heart, but I love doors as outdoor art!

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  2. Joyce says:

    What a beautiful touch of the south! It always amazes me how many family members could be stuffed into homes of minimal square footage back in the “old days!” And nobody seemed to complain because when they got married, they repeated the same thing! My daughters would have had a hissy fit without a “pimped up” room of their own – complete with phone and tv set!

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  3. Almost Iowa says:

    I am becoming more and more partial to unpainted houses, and though ornate doors are a pleasure to behold, so are the simple, unadorned ones.

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  4. Poor Lucy was probably worn out from having all those children. The old general store looks like a great place for events. Reminds me a little of the Grange Hall in East Vassalboro, where we had my daughter’s wedding shower. Old timey and perfect. Plus, my mother had been a member, and it was a way to honor her memory. Safe travels back to New England.

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  5. Murphy's Law says:

    Looking at that outhouse makes me really appreciate indoor plumbing! What a marked difference in the way these two buildings/property have been maintained. Love the doors in the garden.

    I’ve never seen Grape Holly….what a beautiful plant.

    Wishing you and Dennis a safe trip home. I know you’ve enjoyed your stay in SC, but I bet you’ll be glad to see your own front door again!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • I will be glad to see my own door. πŸ™‚ Isn’t that grape holly gorgeous. I’ve never seen that plant before, but it was gorgeous. Yes, as a child, I did the outhouse thing at large get togethers or parks, but have no interest in doing it again. πŸ™‚


  6. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful doors to close out your report from the south, Judy. I love the porch roof on the Sarvis House, the loft door on the general store and the staged doors and house.

    Wishing you safe travels on your return. You should find temps close to 70 as you pass through Hartford.

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  7. terreblogger says:

    Love this part of the country, though sounds like I now have a new place to scope out. Great photos! Thanks for posting.

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  8. I love the garden and the doors used as art.

    Safe journey home!

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    This is a beautiful compilation of door photos. I think that you’ve done the region proud with your pics.

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  10. Mother Hen says:

    It looks like a wonderful place to visit…

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  11. Good grief, 1881. Granted the porch has probably been rebuilt a zillion times, and ditto for the roof. But that house is still mainly from boards and wood from 1881!. The younger me would have just yawned and moved on. Now I ponder about how amazing that is.

    Love the wisteria…. – Marty

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  12. Eliza Waters says:

    Wishing you a safe journey home.

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  13. A splendiferous post all around, Judy! If you have to have an outhouse, might as well decorate it just a bit. At least in the part of the world, it would be warm most of the time, unlike the one near our cabin in Wyoming!!


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  14. syt says:

    Thanks for all the added history, it was a fun day

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  15. Norm 2.0 says:

    Any post that has an outhouse door is tops on my list. This place has such an old time feel to it. I loved all of the colorful flowers too.
    Great post!

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  16. treadway says:

    I LOVE to visit places like this…they sure make me think about how much things have changed.

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  17. KerryCan says:

    Wow–a LOT of doors in one post–and so quaint and historic!

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  18. Joy O'Connor says:

    I love this post ! .. that outhouse is a hoot : )
    My son is a Canadian transplant to South Carolina .. he has a hard time handling the intense heat in the summer , but doesn’t miss our snow and ice in the winter .. I am always a bit jealous of the gorgeous plants that southerners have to work with .. but then again we have beautiful Autumns ?
    This post gives me another aspect of S.Carolina .. intriguing ! Thank You !

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    • I hope he’s enjoying South Carolina except for the heat. I was talking to a native the other day. She is late 30’s, a professional, has two small children and a dog. She said there are days they can’t let the dog outside because it is too hot. Okay, I’ll enjoy the winters and leave the summers to those who can handle it. Thanks for stopping. πŸ™‚


  19. Marilyn Maxwell says:

    Thanks for sharing all of your SC adventures. You have inspired me to get out and visit more places. I will do it next year.

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  20. Well. YOU at least have spring and when you come home, you’ll get it twice πŸ˜€

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  21. Fancy still living there until 2010! Poor Jane, that was bad luck to make it through nine deliveries and not survive the tenth.

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  22. joey says:

    Wow. Oregon grape is beautiful. What a color! I’d never seen those, thank you. Love those structures, they all seem to blend beautifully into the landscape.

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  23. Nancy says:

    I was wondering when you were headed back North. Safe travels my friend!

    I loved all your Carolina pictures! And these did not disappoint!

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  24. Love the Oregon Grape Holly. The coastal islands of SC have a fascinating history.

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  25. Oddment says:

    Of all those splendid doors, I loved the screen door the most. I could almost hear it slamming, just like the screen doors I used to know. What a sense of history in all of this, and a very personal history at that. Isn’t it a wonder how flowers seem to fit in any era? Thanks for this!

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