Lewisfield Plantation - Moncks Corner Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Lewisfield Plantation – Moncks Corner – Berkeley County



Lewisfield Plantation Rear House - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Rear of Lewisfield Plantation House © Brandon Coffey

Basic Information

  • Location – Western branch of the Cooper River, Moncks Corner, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Berkeley County

    Located off US 52, about two and a half miles south of Moncks Corner

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Little Landing; Chachan under the ownership of Charles Stevens

  • Current status – Privately owned

Lewisfield Plantation Yard - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Yard at Lewisfield Plantation © Brandon Coffey

Timeline

  • 1750 – Earliest known date of existence

    Original grant to Sir John Colleton

  • 1767 – Sedgewick Lewis purchased 1,000 acres on September 15. The deed states the land was on the river front adjoining Exeter Plantation to the north (Neuffer, bk. 1, vol. 12, p. 22) (National Register, p. 3)

    The acreage, referred to as Little Landing, was originally part of the Fairlawn Barony. Sedgewick Lewis changed the name to Lewisfield (Stoney, p. 69).

  • 1774 – Sarah Lewis, a daughter of Sedgewick Lewis, married Keating Simons, the second son of Benjamin Simons of Middleburg Plantation. He gave them Lewisfield as a wedding gift (Neuffer, bk. 1, vol. 7, p. 8).

    Keating Simmons built a house on the property.

  • 1781 – The plantation was the site of a surprise attack against the British during the Revolutionary War. Colonel Wade Hampton destroyed several boatloads of supplies and took 78 prisoners (Irving, p. 47-48).

  • 1861-1865 – The landing at Lewisfield was constantly used by the Union gunboats. No harm came to the property (Irving, p. 49).

  • 1903 – Charles Stevens purchased the plantation. He planted rice (Cross, p. 88).

    While under the ownership of Charles Stevens the plantation was called Chachan (not to be confused with the real Chachan Plantation) (Neuffer, bk. 1, vol. 12, p. 22).

  • ? – Sometime after World War I the Stevens' sold the plantation to John F. Poppenheim (Irving, p. 50).

  • 1973 – Senator Rembert C. Dennis owned the plantation (National Register).

  • 1992 – Senator Dennis died leaving the plantation to his wife.

Lewisfield Plantation Family Room - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Lewisfield Plantation Family Room © Brandon Coffey

Land

  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?

  • In 1706 there was a grand garden on the property (Trinkley and Hacker, p. 29).

Owners

  • Chronological list – Sir John Colleton (1750-?); Sedgewick Lewis (1767-1774); Keating and Sarah Lewis Simons (1774-?); Charles Stevens (1903-?); John F. Poppenheim; Senator Rembert C. Dennis (?-1992)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Lewisfield Plantation Garden - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Lewisfield Plantation Garden © Brandon Coffey

Buildings

  • The house is 2 ½ stories with clapboard facade.

Web Resources

  • National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1973
    Photographs, architectural overview

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

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