Reflections Summer Issue | Volume 17, Number 3 - Page 51

“ Southerners can claim kin with anybody . It ’ s one of our most dextrous talents .”

A HOUSE , A FAMILY , A MOMENT IN TIME

BY BEN MERRILL PHOTOS BY ERIN HIXSON PHOTOGRAPHY AND CONTRIBUTED BY E & E IMAGES
Sweeping front lawn of the Murphy ’ s Belfast Keller home . Hand-painted mural by local artist , Chris Walker .

“ Southerners can claim kin with anybody . It ’ s one of our most dextrous talents .”

South Carolina native and American writer Guy Davenport wrote those words some dozens of years ago . Then , at dinner the other night , I saw first hand how very true to the South they are . I ’ ll circle back to this thought in just a bit , but for now , let me tell you a short story about a house dating to the Henry Ford era ; about the family who lived in that house ; and about a special moment in time last month that defined both the history and timelessness that is Richmond Hill .

At the intersection of Belfast Keller and Bryan Neck Roads — or close enough , anyway , to be called the intersection — there stands a grand old house reminiscent of quieter days when the roads were made of dirt and farms lined the highway between Keller and Richmond Hill . Over the past eight-plus years , Patrick Murphy and his fiancé , Jone Bremer , have been lovingly restoring this old house to its original condition .
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