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Confederate Hill

 
 

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Confederate Hill, a mansion which resides on a 27 1/2-acre tract on the Oakland Gravel Road, was built by David Guitar and his family sometime around 1859, two years before the Civil War. Guitar was a Southern sympathizer who later became a captain in the Confederate Army. According to history, Guitar had a brother , Odon, who was a general in the Union Army. The legend is that, when the Union forces raided the area, Odon ordered that his brother's home be spared. However, the brothers never spoke to each other again after the war, even though both lived in Columbia. Because of its history and imposing stature, Confederate Hill has been subject of many stories. One such rumor is that ghosts inhabit the house and that tunnels which served as part of the underground Railroad run through the property. The exterior siding and all of the interior woodwork in the home are solid walnut. The original floors, which are intact in the dinning room and the second story, show homemade square nail heads in places. Balconies from the two front rooms on the second story and long galleries are reminiscent of the Civil War ear.

 
 
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