I recently read through the Correspondence of Shelby Foote and Walker Percy (1997) and came across this interesting little tidbit from Shelby Foote about Mount Holly south of Greenville, which had been owned by his grandfather after the Civil War:
12 Dec 1960
Gwyn and I have a project. We’re considering buying Mount Holly, the 32-room ancestral mansion on Lake Washington. It’s 105 years old this month, a noble pile. My people moved out 50 years ago, so it would be a return of the native. How say you to this notion? You approve? Of course, that $900-a-month figure would go completely out of the window, but what the hell; there’s just this life and one more.
Apparently that $900-a-month dissuaded him because I never saw another reference to this scheme. Wouldn’t that have been an interesting alternate history for Mount Holly? Hopefully, there’s someone out there today who can afford the payments and the work necessary to get this grand old girl back into prime shape. Who knows, maybe he or she is reading this today and will get the idea to do it?
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