Cotton Hall Plantation Yemassee Beaufort County
- Location Yemassee, Prince William Parish, Beaufort County
Located on Cotton Hall Road off US 17
- Origin of name Named by Daniel Heyward, an early owner
- Other names Part of Tomotley Barony
- Current status Privately owned
- 1777 Earliest known date of existence
- 1784 McPherson was owner (3, p. 51).
- 1832 Daniel Heyward purchased Cotton Hall (3, p. 51).
It is believed the Heyward family built the original house on the property (3, p. 49).
- 1865 Original plantation house was burned by General Sherman's troops.
- 1882 Daniel Heyward conveyed Cotton Hall to his daughter Anne who was married to Charles F. Hanckel (3, p. 51).
- 1883 Anne sold the 997 acre property to Charles C. J. Hutson and George G. Martin (3, p. 51).
- 1917 Henry Rast bought the plantation and added an addition 372 acres that had been known as Laurium and another original McPherson holding (3, p. 51).
- 1930 John K. Hollins purchased a tract of 1797 acres which included Cotton Hall and Laurium (3, p. 51).
- 1930 Hollins sold the property the same year he acquired it to Harry Payne Bingham (3, p. 51).
Bingham immediately begun construction on a 26-room house (3, p. 49).
- 1946 Bingham sold Cotton Hall and Laurium to L. J. Williams (3, p. 52).
- 1948 Cotton Hall and Laurium were sold by Williams to Harold W. Allen (3, p. 52).
- 1959 Robert (Ed) Edward Turner Jr. purchased the joint properties from Allen. In 1963, he committed suicide at nearby Bindon Plantation, which he also owned (3, p. 52).
- ? Ed Turner's son, Ted Turner, sold the plantation to Rural Land Company of Greenville, SC in an effort to secure his father's business entities (3, p. 125).
- 1961 Colonel Edmund D. and Dorothy Griffin purchased Cotton Hall Plantation (5).
- 1971 Lawrence and Sara Douglas purchased the property from Colonel Griffin (4).
- 1981 The Douglases sold Cotton Hall to Joseph Harden (4).
- Number of acres 997 in 1883; 1,797 in 1930; 800 in 2004
- Primary crop Rice in the 19th century. Corn, hay, sugar cane, and cattle today.
- Number of slaves ?
- Plantation house, barn, several other small buildings
References & Resources
- Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII
- Sankofa's Plantation Data Collection
- Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius, editors, Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2009)
- Information contributed by Patricia Douglas, daughter-in-law of owners Lawrence and Sara Douglas (1971-1981).
- Information contributed by Noel D. Atherton who lived at Cotton Hall from 1969-1971 with her parents Robin Carrier and Col. Griffin.