History of Clevedale Inn & Gardens

Clevedale-Rock-775-527Clevedale, once a thriving farm, was first named in the latter 19th century by Jesse Franklin Cleveland. He was a descendant of the clan that traces its roots to a tract of country in North Riding of Yorkshire, England which produced such notables as Moses Cleaveland, the founder of Cleveland, Ohio, and Steven “Grover” Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States.

The original dwelling, facing south toward Willis Road, was built in the 1790s. It was Jesse who, shortly before World War I, razed the structure and in 1913 erected the current house as a wedding gift for his son, Conrad Cleveland, Sr. and his wife, Louise.

The house, of colonial design, is accented by stately pillars on the front portico. The outbuildings, especially the greenhouses, reflect the interests of Conrad Cleveland, Jr., who, among a variety of artistic avocational pursuits, was an avid horticulturalist. Conrad, Jr., claimed Clevedale as his home from the mid-1940s until his death in 1985, afterwhich the property was sold to the developer of Hawk Creek and later the Brown family took ownership.

A018-0006grnIn January 2012, Clevedale was purchased by Paul Roberts Abernathy and Pontheolla Mack Abernathy. Pontheolla, a native of South Carolina, had a desire to own and operate a bed and breakfast and events venue since her collegiate days at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. That dream, shared by her husband, Paul, who hails from St. Louis, Missouri, has come to fulfillment in Clevedale Historic Inn and Gardens. Clevedale is situated a half mile from Warren H. Abernathy Boulevard, named for the state director for the late James Strom Thurmond, the long-serving United States Senator for South Carolina. Though bearing no relation, Paul and Pontheolla feel this fortuitous coincidence harbors an especial blessing on their venture.



Edward Bomar acquires land, builds house


Granddaughter, Elisabeth marries Robert Easley Cleveland, MD

Son, Jesse Franklin Cleveland gives name Clevedale


Jesse builds current house as wedding gift for Conrad Cleveland (later Sr.) and his wife, Louise


Conrad, Sr., and Louise move into town, use Clevedale as summer retreat


Conrad Jr. claims Clevedale as his home until his death in 1985