Williamsburgh Historical Museum
The Williamsburgh Historical Museum is located at 135 Hampton Avenue in the town of Kingstree, South Carolina. The building, an original Carnegie Library, was formerly the Williamsburg County Library until 2001. The building is also located on the site of the first public school in Kingstree. Beautifully restored, the Museum contains many early artifacts from Williamsburg County.
Thorntree, the plantation home of James Witherspoon (1700 – 1768) was built in 1749 in Williamsburgh Township, South Carolina, about six miles south of the King’s Tree.
The Williamsburgh Historical Society relocated this early architectural structure within the city limits of Kingstree during the 1970’s in order to provide police and fire protection. The dwelling was completely restored by the society to preserve it for future generations.
Meyric Rogers, nationally known museum curator, said the following concerning Thorntree: "…in architectural structure it is a RARITY …built on the English style with a great hall and memory work cornices and mantels. This house is in first rate condition and needs few minor repairs. It is amazing that the majority of the pine interior has even escaped paint and it will be an irreplaceable loss if this dwelling is not preserved for posterity …for probably there is not another house of its type, unless along the James River in Virginia."