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Golightly-Dean House on 10 Acres

1551 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, , 29308 Dated Posted: July 28, 2017


Circa c. 1784 & c. 1830

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About This Old House

Rare South Carolina Greek Revival era side-hall plan brick House attached to an equally rare original brick double pen one-story house constructed ca. 1784. William Golightly (1730-1788) ) purchased this 280 acre tract in 1784 and for almost ¾ of a century the family operated the Golightly Mill, the Golightly Post Office and a grocery at the this location which came to be known as Golightly. His son Reverend David Golightly (1758-1843) added the Greek Revival main house around 1830. Both William and David Golightly served in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War.

Dr. George Roswell Dean(1844-1911) moved to Spartanburg around 1870 and pioneered agricultural techniques for re-using worn farmland. He is credited with regenerating the planting of cotton in Spartanburg County, in 1886 he was elected to the state legislature, served on the state board of health and served as President of the Southern Railway Surgeons Association. Dr. Dean was a member of the famous Citadel class of 1861 leaving to fight in the war and returning to graduate as Captain of Company A (the highest office for a cadet to hold). He briefly attended the S. C. Medical College in Charleston before graduating from the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

This beautifully restored house holds a major place in the history of both the old Ninety-Six District and Spartanburg County and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. Also on the 10 acre property are a late 18th century log single pen building with a stacked stone chimney, two mid 20th century out-buildings and a lighted tennis court. The surrounding landscape includes a circular drive with stacked stone garden wall, giant cedar and magnolia trees, and a lighted tennis court.

The Golightly- Dean House which is conveniently located just 7 miles south of downtown Spartanburg, near Interstate 26 and the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport. The North Carolina cities of Asheville and Charlotte are within a two hour drive.

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