— Rice Hope Plantation © Brandon Coffey —
- Location Western branch of the Cooper River, Moncks Corner, Berkeley County
Follow SC 402 to Doctor Evans Road. Turn onto Rice Hope Drive.
- Origin of name ?
- Other names Luckins
- Current status Plantation house operated as a bed and breakfast inn (2006)
— View of River at Rice Hope Plantation © Brandon Coffey —
- 1696 Earliest known date of existence
Daniel Huger received 690 acres through grants from the Lords Proprietors (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1696 House built
- 1711 Daniel Huger died and passed his property to his son, Daniel Huger, Jr. (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1713 Daniel Huger, Jr. purchased additional acreage from Michael Mahon. Rice Hope now totaled 3,415 acres (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1754 Daniel Huger, Jr. died and passed the property to his son, Daniel Huger, III (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1795 Formal gardens established
- ? At some point Rice Hope ended up in the ownership of John Harleston. He willed it to his daughter, Sarah, and her husband, Dr. William Read. Dr. Read had Rice Hope cleared and banked for tidal rice cultivation (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1840 House destroyed by fire. A second house was built in its place. A pen-and-ink watercolor of the first house was done by painter Charles Fraser. It can be seen at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1845 Dr. Read died and left the property to his son, J. Harleston Read, and his sister, Elizabeth Read Parker. By 1846 J. Harleston Read had complete control of the property. Rice Hope now consisted of 1,709 acres of timber and 371 acres of rice fields (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- ? J. Harleston Read died and his son, Benjamin Read, inherited the property. Benjamin Read fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1875 Elizabeth Magwood purchased Rice Hope from Benjamin Read (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1895 Alwyn J. Ball purchased the plantation (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1919 Ball sold the timber rights to the Coming Tee Corporation (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1920s US Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen bought the plantation and proceeded to remodel the 1840 house. There is no record of when the Senator sold the property.
- 1930s The formal gardens were restored and enhanced by Loutrel Briggs, a noted landscape architect.
- 1949-1953 John Page Simpson, Jr. purchased the plantation from West Virginia Pulp and Paper. During his ownership he was the caretaker of Strawberry Chapel.
- 1968-1971 The house at Rice Hope was used as a school for unruly boys (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1971-1983 Rice Hope was used as an art school (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1983 Gene and Sue Lanier bought Rice Hope and restored the house (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1992 Doris Kasprak purchased Rice Hope and turned it into a bed and breakfast (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
- 1996 Lou Edens purchased the plantation and continues to run a bed and breakfast (SCHS, 2005 Fall Tour).
— Oak Avenue at Rice Hope Plantation © Gazie Nagle —
- Number of acres 690 in 1711; 3,415 in 1713; 2,080 in 1845
- Primary crop Rice
- Formal gardens date from 1795. They were restored and enhanced by noted landscape architect Loutrel W. Briggs.
- Chronological list Daniel Huger (1696-1711), Daniel Huger, Jr. (1711-1754), Daniel Huger, III (1754-?), John Harleston, Dr. William Read (?-1845), J. Harleston Read (1845-?), Benjamin Read (?-1875), Elizabeth Magwood (1875-1895), Alwyn J. Ball (1895-1920s), Senator Joseph S. Frelinghuysen (1920), John Page Simpson, Jr. (1949-1953), Gene and Sue Lanier (1983-1992), Doris Kasprak (1992-1996), Lou Edens (1996-2006)
- Plantation house (c. 1840)
- National Register of Historic Places
Cooper River Historic District nomination form - PDF - submitted in 2002
Rice Hope photograph
- Proud History of Rice Hope Plantation and Luckins Plantation: Click here for detailed timeline
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842) (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)
- J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley
- Rice Hope Plantation Inn
206 Rice Hope Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461