Lewisfield Plantation Moncks Corner Berkeley County
— Rear of Lewisfield Plantation House © Brandon Coffey —
- 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
— Yard at Lewisfield Plantation © Brandon Coffey —
- 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).
- ? 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 © Brandon Coffey —
- Number of acres ?
- Primary crop ?
- In 1706 there was a grand garden on the property (Trinkley and Hacker, p. 29).
- 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)
- Number of slaves ?
— Lewisfield Plantation Garden © Brandon Coffey —
- The house is 2 ½ stories with clapboard facade.
- 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.
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- William P. Baldwin, Jr., Plantations of the Low Country; South Carolina, 1697-1865 (Greensboro, NC: Legacy Publications, 1987)
Order Plantations of the Low Country; South Carolina, 1697-1865
- J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley
- John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842) (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)
- 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
- Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Plantations of the Carolina Low Country (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1990)