Richland County SC Cultural Resources Inventory Listing
John Jacob Calhoun Koon Farmstead
10355 Broad River Rd. Ballentine SC 29063
Historic District:
Area: Dutch Fork area

Description: The Koon Farmstead is a relatively intact late 19th century-early 20th century agricultural-industrial complex in the Dutch Fork area.

Historic Information
Year Built: 1880, 1890 Acres: 132.7
# Buildings: 7
Architect: Unknown
Historic Register: Yes Year: 1986 NR#: 86000590
National Historic Landmark: No

Local Historic Designation: Richland Cty. Landmark

Year Designated:

Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924
Cultural or Historic Significance:
Historical Topics: Industry, Agriculture, Architecture, Saw Mill, Cotton Gin
The John Jacob Calhoun Koon Farmstead, which includes a residence and several associated outbuildings, is significant as a relatively intact late nineteenth century-early twentieth century agricultural-industrial complex of the Dutch Fork area. In addition to farming, Koon operated a sawmill on this property as well as a cotton gin in Irmo and a store.

The house, which took its present form ca. 1890, is an example of a late 19th century farmhouse. According to family tradition, John Jacob Calhoun Koon, the descendant of mid-eighteenth century German immigrants to the Dutch Fork, built what was then a one-story house ca. 1880. Around 1890, this house was rolled on logs to the present location and the second story and porches added. The two-tiered Victorian influenced wraparound porch is the primary character-defining element of the house. Spanning the façade and wrapping around both side elevations, the porch has turned posts and balusters, a spindle frieze at each level, and scroll-sawn brackets. A one-story, gable roofed frame addition is on the rear of the house.

The historic outbuildings include a ca. 1920 frame grain barn, a ca. 1900 frame cotton house, a ca. 1900 frame workshop/toolhouse, a late nineteenth century shed, a ca. 1920 planing shed, and a ca. 1928 sawmill.

Listed in the National Register March 27, 1986
Thematic Resource:
Primary Historic Use / Function: : Agricultural, Domestic, Industry
Secondary Historic Use / Function: Agricultural Fields and Outbuildings, Single
Present Uses / Functions: Agriculture||Private Residence Occupancy:
Contact Organization:
Space Available: No Commercial Office Residential
Source: National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form; South Carolina Department of Archives and History (digital images); Upper Richland MRA
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