Major John Hammond Fordham House

Major John Hammond Fordham House

Major John Hammond Fordham House is a historic home located in Orangeburg, Orangeburg County, South Carolina. It was built in 1903, and is a 1½-story, Victorian frame cottage. It was the home of Major John Hammond Fordham, a prominent African-American citizen of Orangeburg.

The Major John Hammond Fordham House reflects the achievements of the original owner. Fordham was a lawyer and prominent citizen of Orangeburg, who was able to take advantage of expanded opportunities for African American South Carolinians in the period between the end of the Civil War and the disfranchisement and Jim Crow legislation of the turn of the century.

Besides practicing law, Fordham served in several appointive governmental positions and was a leader in the Republican Party in the state. The house is also significant as an example of the work of William Wilson Cooke, a pioneer African American architect.

Built in 1903, the one-and-a-half story framed Victorian cottage residence has a pyramidal roof with two tall brick chimneys. The basically square plan has a projecting gabled ell with a polygonal bay on the north side of the façade. A bracketed cornice and a rooftop balustrade are carried around the bay. The gable end has shingle siding and an oval attic window. A porch with paired colonettes on brick bases shelters the façade.

Washington Post Columnist, Eugene Robinson is the great grandson of Major John Hammond Fordham.

Major John Hammond Fordham House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The house is a private residence and not open to the public.