- Location South Santee River, McClellanville, St. James Santee Parish, Charleston County
Original plantation lands were located in what is today the Santee Coastal Reserve.
- Origin of name Rebecca Brewton Motte probably named the plantaion Eldorado because of the golden pitcher plants that grew in profusion there.
Another possible reason for the name was that Rebecca Brewton Motte's son-in-law, Thomas Pinckney, concluded a treaty between the United States and Spain, establishing the right of Americans to use the Mississippi River and the Port of New Orleans.
- Other names El Dorado
- Current status The land is part of the Santee Coastal Reserve managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
— Eldorado Plantation in Charleston County —
- 1715 Earliest known date of existence
- 1784 Rebecca Brewton Motte, of Mount Joseph Plantation, purchased 400 acres from the estate of Sampson Neyles.
- 1797 Rebecca Brewton Motte and her son-in-law, Thomas Pinckney, Sr., designed and built the house (Bridges & Williams, p. 126).
- ? During the Civil War, a Union steamer on the South Santee River shot at the plantation house and knocked out one of the brick arches of the raised basement (Bridges & Williams, p. 218).
- 1897 On May 10, a fire broke out in the chimney of the house. Archibald Hamilton Seabrook and his family were living in the house at this time but they were unable to control the fire. The house burned completely to the basement (Bridges & Williams, p. 287).
The chimney apparently had been damaged in the 1886 earthquake but no one realized there was a crack. Ruins of the house can still be found in the woods (Bridges & Williams, p. 311).
- 1900 The Seabrook family decided to move to Columbia. The rice crop was declining in the area because planters could not compete with the low costs of rice from Texas and Louisiana (Bridges & Williams, p. 317).
- ? Josephine Pinckney, a noted writer and poet, inherited the plantation from her father, Thomas Pinckney.
- Number of acres ?
- Primary crop Rice
- Alphabetical list Daniel McGregor, Rebecca Brewton Motte, Sampson Neyle, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Frances Pinckney, Josephine Pinckney, Thomas Pinckney, Santee Gun Club, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
- Number of slaves ?
- January 1854 Charles Cotesworth Pinckney had the following slaves confirmed by Bishop Davis: Isaac, Tony, Moses, Peter, Mary, Clarista, Flora, Guy, Camilla, Stephan (Bridges & Williams, p. 437).
- George C. Rodgers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina
- Anne Baker Leland Bridges and Roy Williams III, St. James Santee, Plantation Parish: History and Records, 1685-1925 (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1997)
- Suzanne Cameron Linder and Marta Leslie Thacker, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River (Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2001), pp. 755-760
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River
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