The details on the age of the Brentwood House are not 100% clear. The house was possibly started in 1910 and finished sometime in 1912. These are the only two dates ever mentioned in past records.
Back in the early 1900’s Clarence Curtis McCorsley, who ran the local Mercantile, married Essie May Bessent, of Little River Traders. Clarence built a beautiful Victorian house for himself and his new bride along Route 17. Little River was a thriving little fishing village and a lumber mill paid men $1 a day for their hard work.
Essie loved her home and her large family lived in the same area. The couple had four children; Lottie, Katherine, Clarence Jr., and Eugene. Unfortunately, Clarence passed away at an early age and Essie was left with the large home during World War II. Clarence Jr. and Eugene went off to see the world and word has it that they did so in a patriotic manner. Katherine attended nursing school, but very little is know about Lottie.
Essie stayed at Brentwood and in order to maintain the house, she operated a tourist home welcoming salesmen and fishermen who traveled through the area. Guests paid $1.50 for a good nights rest and a big breakfast the following morning. Brentwood was so popular people slept on the porch when there was no longer room inside the house.
In 1974 Essie passed away and the house didn’t remain in the family. Later in the 1970s the house was moved across the street to its current location. During Brentwoods history it was sold to a number of local families and operated numerous times as a restaurant. Finally, after renovations and updates, the Brentwood was purchased by current owners, Kim and Eric Masson, who opened the Brentwood Restaurant and Wine Bistro. Little did they know of the rich and spiritually active history of the Victorian house in Little River, S. C.
Our experience with the Brentwood was enjoyable and the food top notch. We even had the chance to chat with Eric Masson, the chef, as well as Reese, our waiter. The atmosphere is charming and thousands of wine corks cover walls to add to the rich antique decor. I took my camera to record the evening and maybe, by chance, catch an orb or see a glimpse of a “shadow” that often disappears as quickly as it appears. There is also a chance you may catch a glimpse of Essie looking out a top floor window to see if fishermen may be headed her way for a room and good food. I think I may have captured Essie, however she’s on the bottom floor. But I’ll let you decide. Let me know what YOU think.