Lawton Plantation James Island Charleston County
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- Location James Island, Charleston County
- Origin of name For plantation owner Winborn Lawton
- Other names Heyward-Cuthbert House; Lawton's Bluff; Two Live Oaks
- Current status The land has been subdivided with the house privately owned
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- 1848 The Heyward-Cuthbert House along with the 50 acres it sat on was sold to Winborn Lawton and became part of Lawton Plantation (3).
Captain Thomas Heyward's will probated in 1737 directed that a house be constructed on the 50-acre tract property for his wife and children. It is believed construction was completed in 1740. The frame farm house belonged to Heyward descendants until 1848. The house is still standing and is thought to be the oldest home on James Island (3) (4).
- It is believed the house was used as a hospital for black victims of smallpox during the Civil War (3).
- Early 1900s The plantation was a dairy called Lawton Dairy (3).
- 1939-1949 Lawton Plantation was owned by John R. Jeffries.
- 1958-1960 Nicholas Zervos owned the plantation.
- 1967 Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Bessinger owned the property.
- Alphabetical list Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Bessinger (1967), E. G. Britz, Cuthbert (1820), Gervais, Captain Thomas Heyward (early 1700s), John R. Jeffries (1939-1949), Winborn Lawton (1840s), Whitehurst, Nicholas Zervos (1958-1960)
- Number of slaves ?
References & Resources
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- As a child, Clyde Bresee's family moved from Pennsylvania to South Carolina where his father managed the dairy farm at Lawton Plantation in the 1920s. Breese penned Sea Island Yankee as a reflection of his childhood and time spent on James Island.
- Information contributed by photographer Gazie Nagle
- Real Estate Listing - includes photos
- Clyde Bresee, Sea Island Yankee (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995)
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