Noticed the posting about the Koger Reunion in July 2002. Possibly some of the attendees will be descendants of the Joseph Kogers of Colleton County, South Carolina.The first Joseph Koger settled in SC in the early 1730's. His son, Joseph Koger, Jr was a veteran of the American Revolution.Joseph Koger III is said to have left SC in 1838 for Mississippi where he passed away in 1866.
Before leaving South Carolina, Joseph Koger III erected a large marker at the grave site of his parents and sold his home to James Carroll.The home is still standing, barely.In April 2002 it was named one of the 11 Most Endangered Properties in South Carolina by the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
Little seems to be known about the history of the house.Some believe construction may have begun in 1791, an indication that Joseph Koger, the Revolutionary War veteran, at least started construction of the house.The 1810 and 1820 censuses along with the Mills Atlas of 1825 suggest that Joseph Koger III was living in the area in which the home still stands, north of the Edsito River in modern Dorchestor County, SC. [Dorchestor County was formed out of a large part of Colleton County in the late 1800's.]His father was living on the south side of the Edsito, about 10 miles to the east.
Most seem to agree that the lumber used to build the home was hand cut from nearby trees.Some believe the house was built in 5 years,some think it was built in 12 years.
The old Koger Housesits beside the north bound lanes of I 95.One can reach the house by exiting on US 78 in Dorchestor County and drive east to US 15 then go south to Grover, SC or one can exit on SC 61 in Colleton County, drive east to US 15 then go north to Grover.Once in Grover which is small, drive west on Wire Road, the house is on the leftjust before Wire Road goes over I 95.
The home and the property it is on is currently owned by Fitzhugh Sweatman who has expressed an interest in preserving the house.He currently is using it for storage.
Peggy Phalen, a Grover historian, is trying to gather information about the history of the home and the Koger family.Peggy's email address is firstname.lastname@example.orgPossibly some Koger descendants can come up with ideas that will preserve the home for another 200 years.