Oaks Plantation - Goose Creek Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Oaks Plantation – Goose Creek – Berkeley County

Oaks Plantation 2011 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Oaks Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2011 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

  • Location – Goose Creek (a branch of the Cooper River), Goose Creek, St. James Goose Creek Parish, Berkeley County

    130 The Oaks Avenue

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – The Oaks Plantation Golf and Country Club

Oaks Plantation Historical Marker 2011 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Historical Marker © Brandon Coffey, 2011 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Timeline

  • 1678 – Earliest known date of existence

    Land grant of 1,630 acres to Edward Middleton (1).

  • ? – House built

  • ? – Middleton purchased an additional 3,130 acres (9).

  • 1685 – Middleton died and the plantation was passed down to his son Arthur Middleton (1).

  • 1840 – The house was destroyed by fire (1).

  • 1892 – Edwin Parsons had the present house built (3, p. 16). It was designed by Ernest Flagg .

  • 1930 – Mrs. Parsons sold the Oaks to Charles Sabin (3, p. 16). Sabin renovated the house and had the elaborate Georgian woodwork stripped and the six two-story Corinthian columns removed.

  • 1956 – The Oaks was purchased by Charleston business men Nathaniel W. Cabell, Timothy Street, Louis H. McClain and William M. Schram who formed the Oaks Company, Inc.

  • 1959 – Oaks Company, Inc. sold the property to the North Charleston Country Club.

  • 1964 – Became part of The Oaks Golf & Country Club (1)

  • 2008 – An early morning fire on February 6 severely damaged the house (6)

Oaks Plantation Gate 2011 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Gate at Oaks Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2011 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Land

  • Number of acres – 1,630 in 1678 (1); 4,768 circa 1685; over 5,000 by 1720 (9); 39 in 2008

  • Primary crop – Rice (1)

  • The avenue of the oak trees leading to the house that was planted by Edward Middleton in 1700s has suffered because of their age. Lots were sold under the trees in 1950.

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – Izard, Jones, Arthur Middleton (1685-?), Edward Middleton (1678-1685) Harold L. Mims, North Charleston Country Club (1959-?), Oaks Company, Inc. (1956-1959), The Oaks Golf & Country Club (1964-present), Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Parsons (1892-1930), Charles Sabin (1930), Whitehead.

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – over 100 by 1720 (9)

Oaks Plantation Avenue of Oaks 2011 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Oaks Plantation Avenue of Oaks © Brandon Coffey, 2011 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Buildings

  • The second house built on the plantation is still standing.

References & Resources

  1. Historical Marker

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

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

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

  5. The Post and Courier, 'The Oaks' was a Stately Mansion, February 21, 2004

  6. The Gazette, Oaks Ravaged by Fire, February 6, 2008

  7. Newspaper Article, New Life Planned for Old Plantation, no paper or date listed

  8. Michael J. Heitzler, Goose Creek: A Definitive History - Volume One: Planters, Politicians and Patriots (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2005)

  9. Arthur Middleton - PBS

Contact Information

  • The Oaks Golf & Country Club
    130 The Oaks Avenue
    Goose Creek, SC 29445

    Telephone: 843-553-4141





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