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- Location Huger Creek (eastern branch of the Cooper River), Huger, Berkeley County
Located on SC 402
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status Part of the property is privately owned and the rest has been developed.
- 1740 Earliest known date of existence
- 1745 House built (1, p. 7)
- ? John Coming Ball owned the plantation (4, p. 171).
- ? Ball's son Elias Octavus Ball owned Kensington (4, p. 171).
- 1843 Elias Octavus Ball died (4, p. 171).
- 1846 Kensington was sold to Dr. John B. Irving (4, p. 171).
- ? Irving's grandson Heyward Hamilton Irving owned Kensington (4, p. 181).
- 1924 The house was destroyed by fire; only ruins remain.
- Number of acres 670 in 1846 (4, p. 187); 224 in 2002 (1, p. 8)
- Primary crop Rice
- Comments In the slave cemetery, there is a stone marker for Old Peter who was born and died as a servant of the Ball family.
- Alphabetical list Elias Octavus Ball (?-1843); John Coming Ball; Stoney Gough; Heyward Hamilton Irving; Dr. John Beaufain Irving (1846-?); Hamer Ball Irving
- Number of slaves ?
- In 1830, a one-story frame overseer's house and a slave cabin were built. There is also a modern brick house on the property (1, p. 8).
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 2002
Photographs, architectural overview
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- 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
- John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842)
(Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)
- SC Highway Historical Marker Guide - online database by the SC Department of Archives & History
- J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley