An updated look inside the historic Charles Hammond House

Published: Dec. 15, 2021 at 9:16 PM EST
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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A historic home in North Augusta is just about done. The Charles Hammond House has been around since the Revolutionary War. Now renovations are done and soon the public can get a chance to see.

A complete transformation since we first brought you here back in June. Where renovations and decorating were still in the works but that’s not the case anymore.

“I’ve done renovations before and not ever had this much love from a community on a project that I’ve worked on, but also I’ve put responsibility on knowing that we are working with something special,” said James O’Neal, owner of the Charles Hammond House.

O’Neal bought the home back in 2017 and since has renovated it while also preserving as much of its history.

“When we look at the architecture, when we look at the carpentry, just all the systems that were put together in that time and it’s hard for us to duplicate it now. It’s an honor to actually have this house. I feel like it’s something that belongs to our country and definitely our community,” he said.

O’Neal says the home is open to the public to come see and has a lot of plans for it in the future.

“I’m hoping that we’ll attract some attention from movies that people will want to do some film here. I’ve also been asked about family reunions or maybe historical reenactments,” he said.

O’Neal is currently selling bricks that people can purchase to have names engraved on them. Those bricks will be used along the entryway and around a soon-to-be-built garden.

“Maybe as memorial to their family, someone they want to memorialize, or even their own family name and be a part of the house,” said O’Neal.

He says he wants people to experience this gem we have right in our own backyard.

“We have something that was started and is still here that we can actually touch, experience, that really has its foundation on how the country was formed. We have that right in our community and I think it’s time to talk about it,” he said.

There is still work that needs to be done outside to the cottage and barn. If you want to take a tour of the home or if you want to buy a brick, you can visit the Charles Hammond House website or Facebook page.

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