Haig Point Plantation - Daufuskie Island Beaufort County South Carolina SC

Haig Point Plantation – Daufuskie Island – Beaufort County

Haig Point Lighthouse - Beaufort County, South Carolina
— Haig Point Lighthouse © Library of Congress —
— Prints & Photographs Division HABS SC-867-28 —

Basic Information

  • Location – Daufuskie Island, St Luke's Parish, Beaufort County

  • Origin of name – Named for first owner, George Haig I

  • Other names – Freeport, Haigs Point, Hague's Point

  • Current status – Private housing community

Haig Point Plantation Tabby Ruins - Beaufort County, South Carolina
— Haig Point Plantation Slave Quarters Tabby Ruins © Library of Congress —
— Prints & Photographs Division HABS SC-867-29 —

Timeline

  • 1733 – Earliest known date of existence when George Haig I, purchased land on the north end of Daufuskie Island (History of Haig Point)

  • ? – House built

  • Circa 1810 – Haig Point remained in the Haig family for three generations until George Haig III sold it to David John Mongin (History of Haig Point).

  • 1823 – David John Mongin died. His widow, Sarah, married Herman Blodgett in 1825 but retained ownership of the plantation (History of Haig Point).

  • 1833 – Sarah passed away, at which time, Blodgett purchased Haig Point from the Mongin descendants (History of Haig Point).

  • ? – Blodgett built a mansion and slave quarters out of tabby (History of Haig Point).

  • 1850 – Blodgett sold the plantation to Squire Pope (History of Haig Point).

  • 1861 – Union troops passed Daufuskie Island on their way to Savannah and spotted the mansion. They ransacked the structure for its timber and burned what was left (History of Haig Point).

  • 1871 – After the war, when the area was rebuilding, the government began to add lights along the coast to aid sailors. The Pope family sold five acres for $745 to the government for these purposes (History of Haig Point).

  • 1873 – The lighthouse was lit for the first time by caretaker Patrick Comer (History of Haig Point).

  • 1925 – The lighthouse was decommissioned by the government and the structure along with the five acres were sold to M. V. Haas (History of Haig Point).

  • 1961 – George H. Bostwick purchased the plantation (History of Haig Point).

  • 1965 – Bostwick was able to purchased the lighthouse property and reunite the plantation. The lighthouse had been neglected for years and Bostwick completed a renovation of the structure in 1967 (History of Haig Point).

  • 1984 – International Paper Realty Corporation purchased the plantation with plans to develop it into a resort community (History of Haig Point).

Land

  • Number of acres – 1,050 in 1984

  • Primary crop – ?

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – Barksdale, Herman Blodgett (1833-1850), George H. Bostwick (1961-?), George Haig I (1733-?), George Haig III (?-1810), M. V. Haas (1925-?), International Paper Realty Corporation (1984-?), David John Mongin (1810-1823), Sarah Grimke Mongin Blodgett (1823-1833), Squire Pope (1850-?), Scouten

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • The lighthouse was restored into a guest house by International Paper Realty Corporation for visitors to the community (History of Haig Point).

Web Resources

Print Resources

Contact Information
  • Haig Point Club and Community Association
    10 Haig Point Circle
    Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928

    Telephone: 1-800-686-3441
    Website: Click here

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