Brookland Plantation Edisto Island Charleston County
- Location St. Pierre Creek, Edisto Island, St. John's Colleton Parish, Charleston County
Located off Laurel Hill Road, southwest of SC 174
- Origin of name ?
- Other names Hill Tract, Brooklands, Brooklines
- Current status Privately owned
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- ? Earliest known date of existence
- Circa mid-1700s Brookland was a pre-Revolutionary indigo plantation owned by Joseph Jenkins family (1, p. 2).
- ? House built
There was a house on the property when Joseph Jenkins owned Brookland (1, p. 2)
- 1800-1807 Current house built (1, p. 2)
Builders and exact date of construction unknown (1, p. 2)
- 1846 Property passed to Henry Seabrook.
- 1868 Henry Seabrook became bankrupt as a result of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
- 1872 Samuel L. Bennett, county auditor, sold the house and 300 acres to H.E. Young and James Lowndes.
- 1928 Mary P. Bailey purchased the eastern portion, including the house, from Arthur R. Young and Joseph R. Young.
- 1958 The Reverend Ralph Wentling bought the property and started a boys' home. It was known as the Brookland Home for Boys.
- 1968 The Brookland Home for Boys was moved to a 212-acre tract near Orangeburg.
- 1968 Dr. Charles C. and Betty T. Wannamaker bought the plantation.
- 2001 Brookland Plantation, LLC (owned by Robert Chesnut, Pat Barber, and Cas Danielowski) bought the property and restored the house.
- 2006 Thomas Ravenel purchased the property (4).
- 2009 Ravenel put Brookland Plantation up for sale with an asking price of $4.275 million (4).
- Number of acres 16.7 acres in 1987 (1, p. 2)
- Primary crop Indigo during the Revolutionary War period then Sea Island cotton after the Civil War (1, p. 2)
- The well-preserved gravestones of Joseph Jenkins, his wife Martha Grimball Jenkins, and their infant son, Joseph, remain standing in the woods on the property (1, p. 2).
- Number of slaves ?
- Two-story framed house with weatherboard siding (1, p. 1).
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1987
Photographs, architectural overview
- 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
- Katy Stech, Ravenel Lists his Lowcountry Properties for Sale (Charleston, SC: The Post and Courier, July 20, 2009)