The troubled town of Blackville, South Carolina does have its share of beautiful Southern buildings. These are a bright spot (much like Jefferson Davis Academy) in a declining small town beset by a violence “crisis“, a growing gang presence and some of the worst schools in the United States. Like many other Southern towns, Blackville is experiencing numerous negative consequences resulting from the imposition of Northern bourgeois values. But it is still not without its charm.
The Farrell-O’Gorman House is located on Main Street in Blackville and is one of the area’s most beautiful homes. It also has strong Southern nationalist connections. The Blackville SC Heritage Trail brochure reads:
Just prior to the Civil War, Patrick Farrell came to South Carolina from New York to be educated by a relative. He joined the Confederate Army and fought for the South. He acquired large land holdings and also became a merchant. He built this large home for his family in 1875. He and his son were responsible for several of the brick buildings on Main Street, including the Shamrock Hotel. The family was also influential in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Of Irish ancestry himself, Patrick Farrell sent to Ireland for a young man named O’Gorman to help in the business. This young man married Mr. Farrell’s daughter, and they inherited the home. South Carolina’s Catholic bishops visited in the home so often over the years that the family calls one suite of rooms the Bishops’ Suite. This lovely house has been home of six generations of the Farrell and O’Gorman families.
I recently visited Blackville and stopped on Main Street to take these pictures of the beautiful Farrell-O’Gorman House. SF readers may enjoy these reminders of our rich heritage.