1830 Henderson Street
The Friday House was once home to Samuel David (1820-1864) and Annie Emiline Friday. According to family tradition, they purportedly boarded Charleston refugees at this Columbia Cottage style home in 1864, a practice Annie kept up as a widow following David’s death in August of that year. Purportedly, a sick northern officer recently freed from Camp Asylum sought refuge here and spared the property from destruction by Union forces in February 1865.
While it is true that this home was not destroyed, it is also true that all the homes in this general vicinity, except for engineer William H. Troy’s house on this very block, escaped the burning of Columbia. In his memoirs, John Temple Seibels, then the teenaged-son of Ann Seibels, noted that Union troops entered their home, and while they took food, they left the family’s silver, and furthermore, they aided in keeping the home safe during the night.