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Historical James Island home will continue to stand, despite social media claims

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 3:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2021 at 7:55 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The old Richardson Home located on Camp Road has been on James Island for over 100 years, but on Thursday night, rumors began to swirl on social media that it would soon be demolished.

It turns out, that’s not the case. Officials with Bishop Gadsden, the property owner since 2020, confirmed there are no current plans to demolish the building.

Bishop Gadsden President and CEO Sarah Tipton said the company bought the home after a member of the Richardson family asked if they would be interested in it. The property previously served as a nursery.

Tipton said they have been trying to figure out what they can do with the home. She said they consulted a contractor and a structural engineer who determined there are problems with the building that need to be fixed.

The CEO said misinformation got out on social media.

“We don’t have any plans for this property, other than to hopefully preserve what’s here and be able to participate as a member of this wonderful community that we are neighbors of and participants in,” Tipton said.

Barbara Goss Brown is the president of the Ferguson Village Neighborhood Association. She said the home is over 100 years old and belonged to the prominent Richardson family. They used to own a nursery right next door.

“It was the only black-owned nursery, that I know of, on James Island,” Brown explained.

Brown said she has been in close contact with Bishop Gadsden about any plans for the home and even talked to them as recent as last week. So, when Brown heard the rumor the home would be demolished, she said she was shocked.

Anna Johnson, a Charleston County Councilwoman said she was relieved to hear the Richardson Home was not being torn down and hopes to be part of its future plans.

“One thing I think would probably be good, since this was a nursery here, I mean it could be a beautiful park,” Johnson suggested.

Bishop Gadsden officials said though it’s too soon to say what will happen to the home, they look forward to community input.

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