Virginia Durant Young House

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Virginia Durant Young House
Virginia Durant Young house, Fairfax, SC, US.jpg
The house in 2017
Virginia Durant Young House is located in South Carolina
Virginia Durant Young House
Virginia Durant Young House is located in the United States
Virginia Durant Young House
LocationUS 278, Fairfax, South Carolina
Coordinates32°57′35″N 81°14′20″W / 32.95973°N 81.23875°W / 32.95973; -81.23875Coordinates: 32°57′35″N 81°14′20″W / 32.95973°N 81.23875°W / 32.95973; -81.23875
Area0.5 acres (0.20 ha)
Built1881 (1881)
Architectural styleLate Victorian
NRHP reference #83002183[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 8, 1983

The Virginia Durant Young House, also known as Fairfax Public Library, is a historic home located at Fairfax, Allendale County, South Carolina. It was built in 1881, and is a 1-1/2-story frame, weatherboarded, vernacular Victorian cottage with a gable roof. It was the home of Virginia Durant Young, journalist, novelist, humanitarian, political activist and internationally recognized leader of the women's suffrage movement in South Carolina and the nation. The house rests on brick piers and has an irregular "U"-shaped plan that incorporated a medical office for Dr. William Jasper Young. Despite popular conventions of the time, Mrs. Young was the sole owner of the couple's home and deeded the house to Dr. Young upon her death.[2][3] The home also served as the office for Mrs. Young's newspaper, the Fairfax Enterprise and as the office for Dr. Young's medical practice.[4][5] Upon the death of Dr. Young, the home was willed to the town of Fairfax for use as a public library and now houses the Fairfax Public Library.[6] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Tetzlaff, Monica Maria (2002). Cultivating A New South: Abbie Holmes Christensen and the Politics of Race and Gender. University of South Carolina Press. p. 110.
  3. ^ "Young, Virginia Durant Covington". South Carolina Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  4. ^ Margaret Marion and Suzanne Pickens Wylie (October 1982). "Virginia Durant Young House" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Virginia Durant Young House, Allendale County (U.S. Hwy. 278, Fairfax)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 4 March 2014.
  6. ^ SC National Register