Zante Plantation - Calhoun County South Carolina SC

Zante Plantation – Calhoun County

Zante Plantation 2013 - Calhoun County, South Carolina
— Zante Plantation, 2013 © Justice Wheeler —

Basic Information

  • Location – St. Matthews Parish, Calhoun County

    Southeast of Fort Motte off off McCords Ferry Road (5)

  • Origin of name – The name means wooded (1, p. 3).

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – As of 2013, the house has been vacant for some time and left to deteriorate (5).


  • 1771 – Earliest known date of existence

    Peter Manigault purchased the property (1, p. 3).

  • 1773 – Peter Manigault died leaving his holdings to his sons Joseph and Gabriel Manigault (1, p. 3).

  • 1778 – The brothers divided their property and Joseph became sole owner of Calhoun County property (1, p. 3).

  • 1809 – Joseph Manigault sold the property to Major William Elnathan Haskell. The Haskells called the place Zante, meaning wooded (1, p. 3).

    Haskell had the house that now sits at Zante moved from a different area of the property (1, p. 3).

  • 1810-1820 – House built (1, p. 2)

  • 1851 – The plantation was acquired by the Trezevant family and remained in their ownership until 1975 (1, p. 3).

  • 1976 – J. D. Wiles was owner of record (1, p. 1).

  • 2013 – A visitor to the site found a dilapidated house, pictured above (5).


  • Number of acres – 2,224 in 1773; 4 in 1976 (1, pp. 2-3)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Alphabetical list – Baker, Major William Elnathan Haskell (1809-?), Peter Manigault (1771-1773), Joseph and Gabriel Manigault (1773-1778), Joseph and Gabriel Manigault (1778-1809), Matthews, Trezevant Family (1851-1975), J. D. Wiles (1975-?)


  • Number of slaves – ?

Zante Plantation 1976 - Calhoun County, South Carolina
— Zante Plantation, 1976 © National Register of Historic Places —


  • The house remained in 1976 but had been damaged by vandals (1, p. 2).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976
    Photographs, architectural overview

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

  3. 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

  4. Daniel Marchant Culler, Orangeburgh District, 1768-1868: History and Records (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, 1995)
     Order Orangeburgh District, 1768-1868: History and Records

  5. Information submitted by Justice Wheeler

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