Laurel Hill Plantation McClellanville Charleston County
- Location Harbor River, McClellanville, St. James Santee Parish, Charleston County
Located at 8913 US 17 North, south of the Town of McClellanville
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status House no longer exists. A bed and breakfast is operated on the property.
- 1850 Earliest known date of existence
Richard Tillia Morrison II purchased land from Joseph Legare.
- 1851 Morrison expanded the place by purchasing 1,000 acres from Samuel B. Jones (3, p. 266).
- 1852 Morrison built a house on the property to replace the existing one which was in ruins.
- 1853 Morrison purchased 688 acres from Richard Withers Shackelford to expand his property even further (3, p. 266).
- 1853 House built (1, p. 3)
Morrison constructed a one-and-one-half story frame house (1, p. 3).
- ? During the Civil War, to make money, Morrison made salt from the seawater at Laurel Hill. Several other planters in the area did the same thing (3, p. 239).
- 1870s Morrison divided Laurel Hill Plantation into equal parts and gave the pieces to the nine children from his first marriage to Eliza Venning (1, p. 3).
- 1950 The plantation was sold out of the Morrison family.
- 1983 The house was moved to a marsh site on Doe Hall Plantation for restoration by Dr. Richard Leland Morrison III and his wife Jackie. It was destroyed September 21, 1989 by Hurricane Hugo (3, p. 268).
- ? Dr. Morrison and his wife, Jackie, began a bed and breakfast on the property.
- Number of slaves David Constantineau shares, "There is a small village library [in McClellanville] with a log of the names of the slaves and a list of purchases they made from the store the owner ran. There are 144 names in the log." (4)
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1984
Photographs, architectural overview
- William P. Baldwin Jr., Plantations of the Low Country (Westbrook, ME: Legacy Publishing, 1994)
- Anne Baker Leland Bridges and Roy Williams III, St. James Santee, Plantation Parish: History and Records, 1685-1925 (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1997)
- Information contributed by David Constantineau.
- Laurel Hill Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn
PO Box 190 (8913 N Highway 17)
McClellanville, SC 29458