Somerset Plantation - Lake Moultrie Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Somerset Plantation – Lake Moultrie – Berkeley County



Basic Information

  • Location – Submerged under Lake Moultrie, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Berkeley County

    Plantation lands were originally located near present-day Pinopolis.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – In 1939, work began on the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project. This project displaced many families and communities, and many historic homes were lost as the area was flooded.

Timeline

  • 1696 – Earliest known date of existence

    Granted to John Stewart

  • 1827 – House built

  • 1854 – House remodeled by William Cain

  • 1939 – The house was dismantled before the area was flooded.

Land

  • Number of acres – 700

  • Primary crop – Cotton

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – William Cain; Dr. Joseph P. Cain; Isaac M. Dwight; Mazyck; Rene Ravenel; Reverend William Screven; John Stewart (1696-?)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

References & Resources

  1. Somerset Plantation, Cain Family: Click here

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

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

  4. 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

  5. Norman S. Walsh, Plantations, Pineland Villages, Pinopolis and Its People (Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 2007)
     Order Plantations, Pineland Villages, Pinopolis and Its People

  6. Waterman Report of 1939





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