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This Greek Revival House was built for Nathan L. Griffin (1903-1853), lawyer, planter, and member of the S.C. House 1838-39 and S.C. Senate 1846-1853. Griffin's son-in-law Milledge L. Bonham ( 1813-1890) lived here with his wife Ann From their marriage in 1845 to 1861. Bonham, after serving in the S.C. House, was an Officer during the Mexican War and a U.S. Congressman 1857-1860.
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Bonham, a Confederate general and C.S. Congressman during the Civil War, was governor of S.C. 1862-64. In 1863 he sold Darby to George A. Trenholm (1807-1876). Confederate Secretary of the Treasury 1864-1865, whose relative Francis S. Holmes (1815-1882) of the Confederate Nitre & Mining Bureau lived here 1864-65. Darby was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.