EDISTO ISLAND — What can you do with a ruin?

For the family that owns Brick House, the question is becoming urgent — particularly since part of it appears ready to fall down.

This is no ordinary ruin. The surviving brick shell of the Paul Hamilton House, which was built around 1734, is the oldest surviving European structure on the island and a decade older than Drayton Hall.

Unfortunately, the house burned in 1929, leaving only its four walls and two towering brick chimneys in the middle.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.