The Wilhite House was originally the home of Dr. P.A. Wilhite and his wife, Miss Cora Hillis. Anderson, SC has been the home of many innovated people throughout the years and Dr. Wilhite is no exception.
Dr. Wilhite is renowned as the discoverer of the anesthesia ether. The use of ether as an anesthetic in the mid 19th century was heralded as one of the greatest advances in surgical technology to date. Before anesthetics, surgery was an incredibly painful and horrific experience. Surgeons had few options for dulling the intense pain. It wasn’t uncommon for people to commit suicide rather than go through the nightmare of surgery.
The Wilhite House, the 6,000 square foot mansion was built in 1858. The home is located 604 S. McDuffie St. Anderson, SC and is currently occupied by Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Monroe, the fifth owners of the home.
Anderson is full of historical homes and buildings and we discover more of them in this blog.