Crowfield Plantation - Goose Creek Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Crowfield Plantation – Goose Creek – Berkeley County



Basic Information

  • Location – Goose Creek, St. James Goose Creek Parish, Berkeley County

    Off US 176 in Crowfield Plantation neighboorhood

  • Origin of name – Believed to have been named after the family seat in Suffolk, England

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – The land has been developed into residential and commercial areas. The remains of Crowfield House and Gardens are protected with a conservation easement that allows continued archaeological study.

Timeline

  • 1701 – Earliest known date of existence

    Granted to John Berringer

  • 1730 – House built by William Middleton

  • 1886 – House partially destroyed by earthquake. Only portions of the first story wall remain.

Land

  • Number of acres – 1,030

  • Primary crop – Rice

  • A number of tall oaks from the mile long avenue still stand.

  • It is beleived that William Middleton developed Crowfield's large, formal garden between 1729 and 1742. Evidence shows the garden included, "reflecting pools, parterres, a bosquet or small compartment of trees and shrubs, bowling green, garden structures, several mounts, and various water works." (Trinkley and Hacker, p. 27)

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – John Berringer (1701), John and Mary Bishop, Samuel Carne (1776), Colonel John Gibbes (1709), Rawlins Lowndes, Arthur Middleton, Henry A. Middleton (1840), John Middleton (1784), Thomas Middleton, William Middleton (1730), William Walter

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings


Web Resources

  • A Context For the Study of Lowcountry Gardens - PDF - Michael Trinkley and Debi Hacker, 2007, for the Chicora Foundation.

Print Resources

  • Initial references: See #1

  • Heitzler, Michael J. Goose Creek A Definitive History Volume One Planters, Politicians and Patriots. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2005.





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