Simpsonville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This house was built in 1823 by Dr. Thomas Collins Austin (1790-1883), physician and planter. Austin attended the Medical University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and practiced medicine here for sixty years. His office, just north of the house, was demolished in 1953. Austin and his wife Mary Turner James (1805-1889) raised eleven children here.
In 1897 the Austin family sold the house and 550 acres to Thomas Martin Vaughan (1865-1939). Vaughan, a farmer, married Ida Tyson Vaughan (1875-1952) the next year. They raised eleven children here, just as the Austins had. Their daughter Lucille Jessie Vaughan Rice (1912-2006), the last family member to live here, sold the house to the YMCA of Greenville in 2004.
Erected 2011 by YMCA of Greenville and the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission. (Marker Number 23-44.)
Location. 34° 46.933′ N, 82° 14.75′ W. Marker is in Simpsonville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Adams Mill Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 256 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville SC 29681, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker Gilder (approx. one mile away); Bethel Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); Bethel Church Cemetery (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Old Arbor (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Old Oak Tree (approx. 1˝ miles away); Bethel Community Training Ground (approx. 1.6 miles away); Graceland East Memorial Park Veterans Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); Holy Cross Episcopal Church Labyrinth (approx. 2.9 miles away); Simpsonville Baptist Church (approx. 3 miles away); Lawrence Lafayette Richardson, M.D. (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Simpsonville.
1. Historic marker to be unveiled in Simpsonville
The Greenville News
September 21, 2011
Dr. Thomas Austin and his wife, Mary, built a home in 1823 that would later become the Oakland Plantation. It stayed in the family until 1898, when Thomas Martin Vaughn and his wife, Ida Vaughn, bought it. Each family had 11 children.
When Ida Vaughn died in 1952, her daughter, Lucille Rice, bought the house. Rice lived their until her death about five years ago, even after she sold it to the YMCA in 2004, said Ida Vaughn, Rice’s niece.
And on Sunday , descendants and relatives will unveil a State Historical Marker at the site,
“It’s one of the most remarkable historical places in the area,” said Greg McKee, Hollingsworth program director.
Between 1823 and 2006, only two families lived there, Vaughn said. She said she spent a lot of time there, visiting her grandparents.
“It’s just wonderful for our family because it recognizes and remembers the families that lived there,” she said. “So many times when something becomes something else, everybody forgets what went before.”
The recognition didn’t happen overnight, said Al Futrell, a volunteer with the Greenville County Historic Preservation Commission. It was a year-long process that cost more than $2,000.
The center, 259 Adams Mill Road, will offer tours and refreshments from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. The marker will be unveiled at 3 p.m.
— Submitted October 18, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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