Irvin-Hamrick Log House
Backstory and Context
The Irvin-Hamrick Log House is a historic home located in Cleveland County, NC between the towns of Boiling Springs and Shelby. The house is thought to have been built around the year 1794 by James Irvin (1765-1845), a native South Carolinian and veteran of the American Revolution. Irvin served as a private in Johnston's Company of Hammond's South Carolina Regiment. Irvin saw action during the Battle of Eutaw Springs in which he was wounded and captured by British soldiers. The house serves as an example to the kind of dwellings that settlers in the Piedmont and Appalachian regions lived in. After Irvin’s death the house was sold to Cameron Street Hamrick (1822-1900) in 1850; since then, the Hamrick family has continued to preserved the house. Although there is no record, it can be assumed that the Irwin-Hamrick home grew tobacco, grain, flax and raised cattle as was the common practice in Cleveland county. It is the oldest surviving home from the Early Republic Era in Cleveland county.
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