Kensington Plantation - Huger Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Kensington Plantation – Huger – Berkeley County

Kensington Plantation 2013 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Kensington Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2013 —
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Basic Information

  • 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

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 2002
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  3. 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

  4. John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842) (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)

  5. SC Highway Historical Marker Guide - online database by the SC Department of Archives & History

  6. J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
     Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley

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