Town of Bluffton working to restore Garvin House

Published: Nov. 14, 2014 at 8:42 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2014 at 11:13 PM EST
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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - It's taken some time, but finally the Town of Bluffton is making some progress with the Garvin House Stabilization Project.

Officials said community support is extremely important in restoring the 144-year-old house.

From the bricks to the pine wood used to build this house, it tells a story of hope and freedom. Along the May River under the shade of sprawling oaks and curtains of Spanish moss sits a quaint wooden house.

It's frame is falling apart, but according to Erin Schumacher, senior planner for the Town of Bluffton, its story is “really remarkable.”

The Garvin House was built in 1870 by freed slave Cyrus Garvin.

“It's the only freedman's cottage that we know of along all of the May River,” said Schumacher.

That's why the town has been working since 2008 to preserve the house and its history.

“This story of hope in the construction of this house after the Civil War sort of realizes a happy ending,” said Carolyn Coppola of Celebrate Bluffton.

One of the town's main goals with this project is to learn more about the Garvins, and thanks to this house, they're off to a great start. There is an exhibit at the Bluffton Library just about the family.

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