— Avenue of Oaks at Laurel Hill Plantation © Gazie Nagle —
- Location Mount Pleasant, Charleston County
At the intersection of S.C. Highway 41 and U.S. 17
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status Leased to the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission
- 1694 Earliest known date of existence under when property was under the ownership of John Boone (5).
- ? House built
- 1856-1862 J. Thomas Hamlin White owned Laurel Hill during this period (2).
- 1864 Dr. Peter P. Bonneau acquired the property (5).
- ? It is believed the house was destroyed by fire sometime after the Civil War (1, p. 1).
- ? John D. Muller, Jr. acquired Laurel Hill Plantation.
- 1984 John D. Muller, Jr. died. His will named Newberry College and the Franke Home as beneficiaries with Wachovia Bank (now Wells Fargo) as trustee (4).
- 2011 Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission signed a 100 year lease to use Laurel Hill as a park (3).
- Number of acres 780 in 2010 (1, p. 1)
- Primary products Sea Island cotton and a brickyard (2)
- An avenue of oaks can still be seen today (1, p. 3).
- Chronological list John Boone (1694); Dr. Peter P. Bonneau (1864-?); J. Thomas Hamlin White; John D. Muller, Jr. (?-1984); Trustee Wachovia Bank, now Wells Fargo (1984-present)
- Number of slaves 121 in 1860 (2)
- Remains of a house that is said to have been destroyed by fire after the Civil War is located near the center of the property. A caretaker house is the only structure still standing (1, p. 1).
References & Resources
- Natalie P. Adams, Cultural Resource Literature Search of Laurel Hill Plantation - PDF
- Laurel Hill Plantation Account Book, 1856-1873
- Sully Witte, CCPRC Signs Laurel Hill Lease Agreement, Moultrie News; May 24, 2011
- Prentiss Findlay,
781-acre Park Proposed: Laurel Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant Would be Site for Walking, Biking, The Post & Courier; February 18, 2011
- Historical Markers of South Carolina
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