Darlington in Darlington County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Wilds-Edwards House / Samuel Hugh Wilds
This Italianate house, designed by J.L. Clickner, was built 1856-57 for planter Samuel H. Wilds (1819-1867). According to tradition Clickner returned in early 1865 as a Union soldier and persuaded his superiors not to burn the house during a raid in the area. In 1870 attorney B.W. Edwards (1824-1890), later a state senator, acquired the house; it remained in the family until 1999.
Samuel H. Wilds was a member of the Darlington Agricultural Society, a colonel in the antebellum militia, and a state representative 1856-57 and again in 1864. He organized the "Wilds Rifles" (later Co. B, 21st S.C. Infantry) at the outbreak of the Civil War as its captain and rose to major by war's end. This house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
Erected 2001 by the City of Darlington Historical Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number 16-48.)
Location. 34° 17.942′ N, 79° 52.518′ W. Marker is in Darlington, South Carolina, in Darlington County. Marker is on Edwards Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Darlington SC 29532, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker Darlington Memorial Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Julius A. Dargan House (about 600 feet away); St. James Church (about 700 feet away); Site of First Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lawrence Reese (approx. ¼ mile away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Darlington County / Darlington County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Darlington County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Darlington.
Also see . . . Wilds-Edwards House National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. (Submitted on November 21, 2010, by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.)
1. National Register of Historic Places:
Wilds--Edwards House (added 1988 - Building - #88000034)
Also known as Col. Samuel H. Wilds House;Edwards House -
Historic Significance: Architecture/Engineering -
Architect, builder, or engineer: Klickner,J.L. -
Architectural Style: Italianate -
Area of Significance: Architecture -
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1875-1899, 1900-1924 -
— Submitted November 23, 2010.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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