Historic Markers Across South Carolina

John L. Hart House

Marker ID: Darlington County Historical Commission 16-55
Location: Society Hill Rd, south of Lide Springs Rd, north of Darlington, SC.
County: Darlington
Coordinates: N 34° 20.745    W 079° 51.145
  34.34575    -79.85241666
Style: Free Standing **


Side one
This house was built ca. 1856 for John Lide Hart (1825-1864), merchant and Confederate officer. Hart, who lived in Hartsville, named for his father Thomas E. Hart, founded a carriage and harness factory there in 1851. In 1853 he and partner William Shy founded Hart & Shy, a carriage factory in Darlington. Debts forced Hart to sell out and move here to Springville in 1855-56.

Side Two
Hart was a member of the Darlington District Agricultural Society and a captain in the antebellum militia. In 1861 he joined the Confederate army as a sergeant in the “Wilds Rifles,” later Co. B, 21st S.C. Infantry. Hart, later promoted to lieutenant, was killed at Drewry´s Bluff, Va., May 16, 1864. This house was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Erected by the Darlington County Historical Commission, 2007