Timeline

1863
June 4, 1863 Plantation of Joseph Baynard burned down during Union attack on Bluffton.
Cyrus Garvin becomes a registered voter and his name can be found in the Beaufort, SC 1868 Voter Registration –Bluffton Precinct list.
1868
1868
February 27, 1868, Cyrus Garvin submits an application to be appointed employer over 26 Freedmen on Montpelier Plantation with approval of Ephraim M. Baynard – owner of the plantation.
Census records Cyrus Garvin as a 49 year old farmer, with 41 year old wife Ellie and twelve year old son, Issac. At this time he owns real estate valued at $250.
1870
1870
Now known as Cyrus “Garvey” he deeds land, which he bought from Dr. Paul Pritchard, and an edifice to St. Matthews Baptist Church Trustees.
Cyrus Garvin likely builds current structure on land once belonging to Joseph Baynard.
1878
1880
Census –Cyrus Garvin listed as 60 years old man with wife Ellen, son Isaac, daughter-in-law Jenny, and grandson Paul.
Cyrus Garvin is recorded as residing in Bluffton, but likely dies within the next year.
1890
1891
State of South Carolina grants Cyrus Garvin property formerly owned by Joseph Baynard.
Title of property transferred to son, Isaac Garvin.
1891
1914
Title of property transferred to son of Isaac Garvin, Paul Garvin.
Property transferred to John Samuel Graves III.
1961
1970
Property owned by Bluffton Oyster Cooperative.
Property transferred to Bluffton Oyster Company.
1985
2001
Property acquired by Beaufort County Land Trust.
Beaufort County entered into a partnership with the Town of Bluffton to share in maintaining Oyster Factory Park and its resources.
2004
2008
Beaufort County and Town of Bluffton stabilize the Garvin House.
Beaufort County and Town of Bluffton initiated Structural Plan and Updated Preservation Plan for the Garvin House.
2014
2016
Restoration process commenced using Grants from Departmentof Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Department of the Interiorand Historic Preservation. The Town now maintains Oyster Factory Park.
Restoration work completed and The Garvin House will soon be open to the public.
2017
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