— Loch Dhu Plantation © Barry Gooch —
Special thanks to Elizabeth Simons for providing much of the information on this page, including the pictures below, and exclaims Loch Dhu "was a magnificent place to grow up."
- Location Cross, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Berkeley County
Located off SC 6 on Loch Dhu Lane
- Origin of name Loch Dhu gets her name from the Gaelic for black (Dhu) lake (Loch) which was a natural spring located near the house. The natural spring is now under Lake Marion but if you watch closely you can see movement in the water where the spring still flows. Elizabeth Simons
Loch Dhu is pronounced as lock (läk) dew (doo)
- Other names Old Field, Markleys
- Current status Part of the property was submerged under Lake Marion. The plantation house still stands on the shores of the lake and is privately owned.
- 1749 William Kirk received an enormous tract of land from the King of England.
- 1812-1816 house built by Robert James Kirk
- ? Robert J. Kirk's son Philip C. Kirk would own Loch Dhu and continue to farm the land.
Elizabeth Simons shares, "During the Civil War Loch Dhu was used as a hospital for the Confederate wounded. (Dr. Kirk, of Loch Dhu saw service in the Civil War as a surgeon in the Confederate Army.) Union troop came to burn the house, but the women caring for the soldiers refused to evacuate the house, thus saving it."
- 1927 Henry Berkeley Kirk died and was the last of the Kirk family line to own Loch Dhu.
- 1937 Loch Dhu was purchased by Francis Kinloch Simons who also owned Lime Spring Plantation. Mr. Simons was a French Huguenot, descendant of Benjamin Simons of Middleburg Plantation, had purchased Loch Dhu for his son to farm.
- 2010 Current owner is Francis Kinloch Simons III, grandson of Francis Kinloch Simons.
Elizabeth Simons tells, "Loch Dhu is definitely haunted. The family and many of their guests have heard the ghost walking up and down the upstairs halls. It sounds like a man with a heavy pace. It/he has also been heard on the upstairs part of the stairway."
- Number of acres 810 acres in 1860
- Primary crops Cotton, Indian corn, sweet potatoes
- Alphabetical list Couturies; Francis Kinloch Simons III (?-current); Henry Berkeley Kirk (?-1927); Philip C. Kirk; Robert James Kirk; William Kirk (1749-?); Porcher; Sidney; Francis Kinloch Simons (1937-?)
- Number of slaves 47 in 1829
- Elizabeth Simons describes, "the house is four rooms over four and has two front doors. The hallway downstairs and one bedroom (we used it as a bedroom) downstairs have old oak flooring. Apparently, Loch Dhu was used as a barn for sometime and the floors in those two areas rotted. The rest of the house has the original heart of pine flooring.
- Outbuildings included a barn that was moved from Pond Bluff Plantation (Francis Marion's home) on one side of the house, a smoke house, a chicken coop, and the original kitchen. All of these outbuildings, except the kitchen, have been lost in storms.
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976
Photographs, architectural overview
- Old Field, Loch Dhu, and Mount Pleasant Plantations: Kirk Family
: Click here
- 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
- J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley