South Carolina Attractions November 15, 2022
The Breathtaking Homestead In South Carolina You Must Visit This Year
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis once said, “If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future… I care desperately about saving old buildings.” And it was in this same spirit that an amazing historic homestead in South Carolina was rescued from the plans for its impending destruction in a controlled burn for firefighter training.
Instead, Dr. Frank Fairey, a Rock Hill surgeon who had a great interest in historical artifacts and the preservation of history, and his wife purchased an option on the house from its owners, the City of Rock Hill, just before the burn was about to begin, moved it to its current location and carefully remodeled it, preserving its architectural character. The property was purchased by the current owner, Dr. Heather Rorison, a dentist from Charlotte, in the summer of 2015. She named it Tipsy Goat Estate.
The farm is now a home for many rescued animals as Dr. Rorison invests in the upkeep of the estate and makes it available to others as an event venue and for their enjoyment.
Believed to have been built in approximately 1820 for Major William Robertson, who lived there along with his family for many years and conducted extensive farming operations on the vast 2,000 acres that surrounded the house at its original location, it’s the oldest habitable home in York County. Its bricks are from the pre-Civil War era, and the back of the house is the original wood.
Chalk drawings that were made by the Robertson children were even preserved and can be found on window frames on the third floor.
The property can be easily transformed to make the perfect setting for your event or occasion and is often used for weddings.
Such a sweet setting for the father-daughter dance following the ceremony.
The dramatic transformation the barn chandelier underwent for a wedding is impressive and certainly helped create a unique, special atmosphere.
The possibilities are endless for a variety of types of photoshoots, including with families, children, …
… bridal portraits, and more!
This shot captured a scene from the second-story barn window.
This private area can be reserved as a bridal suite for an unforgettable first night as newlyweds, complete with a rustic breakfast for two served in the morning in the glass sunroom overlooking Fishing Creek.
There’s a gourmet kitchen available for use as well.
A dining table and chairs can be set up with decor fitting for the occasion in a variety of places throughout the property, including by the creek as pictured here.
Whatever your needs for a venue are, the Tipsy Goat Estate is ready to accommodate to suit the occasion.
It has even hosted a classic car event.
Visit the Tipsy Goat Estate website or the Tipsy Goat Estate Facebook page for more information or to schedule a tour to see the property. For a virtual view, take a peek here:
And be sure to check out some historic landmarks in Rock Hill we recently featured that you may want to visit while you’re in the area as well.
Have you ever visited a historic home this old before? What was your experience like? Share about it with us in the comments below! Address: Tipsy Goat Estate, 2871 Oak Park Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730, USA
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