Cohasset was constructed ca. 1873 as a residence for William James Gooding (1835-1912) in what was then the northern section of Beaufort County. Cohasset is an excellent example of a Carolina I-House. This vernacular house type is characterized by two or more stories and a two-room wide, one-room deep floor plan. The house is also significant for its association with Gooding, a cotton farmer who played a locally important role in politics and government. Gooding was a member of the state house of representatives (1858-61, 1864), sheriff of Beaufort District (1866-68), treasurer of Beaufort County (1877-78), county chairman of the Democratic party and a member of the Democratic State Committee from 1882-86, and a member of the State Constitutional Convention in 1895. This property also represents the agricultural readjustments landowners made after the Civil War. By the end of Reconstruction, the slave labor system for the cultivation of cotton had been replaced by various systems of tenancy, sharecropping, and wage labor. In 1879, only 100 of the 950 acres owned by Gooding were planted. The property also includes several late nineteenth century outbuildings such as a smokehouse, privy, corncrib, barn, and sheds and a late nineteenth century tenant house. Listed in the National Register July 24, 1986.
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