Local tradition has often cited John Blythewood as the builder of this house in the early 1800s. Architectural evidence suggests a later construction date. Post Civil-War, conveyed after the Direct Tax Sale, the house is said to have been bought by a former slave of Mary Bell (daughter of Blythewood). The house remained in the hands of former slaves and their descendants until it was severely damaged and abandoned after the storm of 1893. It was purchased and restored by H. T. Danner in 1898. Some Adam Style elements in the house have been restored. The size of the foundation beams, pegged rafters, and hand-made nails show the unusual soundness and age of the construction.