Save the Historic home of James Bigger III

Save the Historic home of James Bigger III

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Brandon Stymiest started this petition to Rinehart Realty and

We, the undersigned individuals will NOT SUPPORT any COMMERCIAL venture or business located at 233 Catamount Road in the Bethel Community of Clover, SC if the 175 year old James Bigger House is not preserved. The House located on Hwy 49 in the Lake Wylie area is deep rooted in York County and is in great condition. 

This property in what is often referred to a Lake Wylie was home to the Bigger Family who immigrated to the colonies in the early 1700's. This Federal style home was built between 1845 and 1847 by James Bigger III.

The property was originally 2000 acres that stretched from Bethel Presbyterian Church to the Catawba River, now Lake Wylie.  James Bigger III died in 1853 at 58 and the house was inherited by his nephew, Alexander Barnett Bigger who died during the Civil War. The house then passed to Alex Bigger's Daughter who married Capt. William Beatty Smith, Civil War Veteran. For nine years they lived in the house near the quiet river until Frances died in 1875 leaving three very young sons. Two years later, Captain Smith married Elizabeth Bigger. Sister of his first wife and moved the family 8 miles west where he founded the Town of Clover.

Through the years there were numerous owners of the house.  Mr. Robert Allen and his wife Carrie purchased the home and 179 acres after the First World War. At this time the drive leading to the house became known as Robert Allen Circle. The Allen's kept the home as near to its original condition as possible. Robert Allen's Father, Laban Alexander Allen founded First Baptist Church in Clover, SC and is buried in Woodside Cemetery.

In 1973, Mr. Allen's Widow Carrie sold the house to her Nephew, Robert Boyd and his wife, Linda.  The Boyd family lived in the home for 35 years. Now marked by the passing of time and significant growth in the area, this home is still of sound structure and is a true cornerstone of the Bethel Community.

The Bigger home has deep roots in both Clover and Rock Hill areas of York County. The existing home was built adjacent to the ancestral home place of Dr. David Bigger, founder and benefactor of Glencairn Gardens, named for the Bigger ancestral home in Scotland.  Glencairn Gardens opened to the public in 1940. What began as a couple rare to the upstate Azalea bushes became more than 100,000 and the beautiful gardens people still enjoy today.  It remains a focal point of the long running Come See Me Festival in Rock Hill.

The Bigger home has been rented since 2008 and has been well maintained. The interior features 35 large window with separately crafted panes, graceful mantles and doors with 6 x 8 inch locks and brass knobs. The floors and ceilings are heart pine.

The Bigger home is one of the oldest historical properties in York County and is connected to every era of our being.

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