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Antiques Shopping in South Carolina? Visit Ashtabula Historic House

If you are antiques shopping in South Carolina, there are so many great places for you to visit along the way, including the Ashtabula Historic House. It’s about 90 minutes away from our Eurolux antiques gallery on Main Street in Historic Newberry, so once you’ve enjoyed looking around Newberry, you can drive over to Ashtabula.

Ashtabula at Christmas

Check their website for current opening hours. At time of writing, the house is open on Sunday afternoons for public tours, with private tours for six or more by appointment at any time. There are also special events. The photo above shows Ashtabula at the annual Christmas celebration and historical reenactment event. The house is dressed for the holidays and guides dressed in period costume tell you about life in the 1800s, accompanied by holiday music.

Ashtabula Plantation 1971 National Register of Historic Places

The two-story clapboard mansion stands in ten acres of grounds, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as being on the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor. It was built by Lewis Ladsen Gibbes somewhere between 1825 and 1828. He was a widely-traveled man who had studied at the Sorbonne in France and Eton in England. He and his wife wanted a home where they could benefit from the healthy climate of the foothills. The house became a self-sufficient farm and the mansion and plantation were owned by many other people before being given for restoration to The Pendleton Historic Foundation in 1961.

Ashtabula Historic Plantation House

The house is now restored and decorated with antebellum antiques, including pieces that were owned by the families who lived here. The site also includes an original well house and a 1790 brick building that was once a tavern!  As another interesting fact, this land was where the first Jersey and Hereford cattle were introduced into South Carolina.

If you plan a visit, Ashtabula Historic House is three miles east of Pendleton on SC Highway 88.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

Alden Parkes Furniture: Updated Classics

We were delighted when we started to carry new Alden Parkes furniture and home accessories, and our customers have been delighted with their purchases too! Alden Parkes is very clever at updating classic furniture designs for today’s homes. The craftsmanship is also very high quality including hand-carved details, using top notch materials including fine woods and solid brass hardware.

Alden Parkes Cocktail TableFor example, this gorgeous new hand-painted Alden Parkes Yin cocktail table or coffee table. It’s a perfect choice if you love Chinoiserie or have an Asian decor theme. The square cocktail table is crafted in wood with a traditional Asian style black finish. A design of bamboo and birds is hand-painted in antique gold on the top of the table. You can see how luxurious it looks and the distressing creates a sense of age.

Alden Parkes Asian Cocktail Table Hand PaintedEqually handsome but in a very different historical style, we love this this Alden Parkes Tudor chest.

Alden Parkes Tudor ChestPart of the fun of this piece is the secret drawer in the base panel! The chest is flanked by hand-turned and carved acacia barley twist corner posts, and it is inlaid with oak burl with a distressed finish.

Alden Parkes ConsoleSome Alden Parkes pieces are real showstoppers, like this Alden Parkes console. The demilune or semi-circular glass top is supported by a sculptural base that reminds us of ocean waves. The Champagne leaf finish is super-glamorous. This console is a wonderful focal point for your foyer or perhaps you’ll enjoy it in a bedroom or even a chic powder room!

Alden Parkes Dining Arm ChairAlso packed with glamour, this Alden Parkes dining chair or arm chair is just one of a wide selection of arm chairs, dining chairs, side chairs and occasional chairs.

Inspired by antique French furniture, this chair is beautifully decorative with its classic honeysuckle design. The mahogany chair is hand-carved and hand-painted, and upholstered in timeless Euro Linen fabric.

The chair is available in two color options: Burnished Silver with gold accents or a soft semi-gloss black with light green and gold hand painted accents. Either way, it’s a treat for your dining room or anywhere that you need a gorgeous arm chair.

In a completely different style, this new Alden Parkes cabinet is a stunning update on Mid-Century Modern furniture.

Alden Parkes MidCentury CabinetThe storage cabinet is designed with clever interlocking sliding doors and you can use it as a cabinet, sideboard, console, or dresser. It is finished with a luscious hand-rubbed walnut stain which gives a warm glow. Solid brass accents provide the perfect final touch.

As you can see, you can find Alden Parkes furniture and home accessories on our website to suit all tastes and decor styles!

I hope you’ll have a browse around and get in touch if you are looking for a specific kind of piece!  We love to help you, whether by phone, email or online chat at our website. There are pieces for your living room, dining room, bedroom or hallway, and a very unusual and decorative collection of Alden Parkes wall mirrors.

AimeeAvatarAimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her husband and best friend, Greg. Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way. She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Find us on Facebook or connect with EuroLux on Google+. Or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.