Starvegut Hall Plantation - Charleston County South Carolina SC

Starvegut Hall Plantation – Mount Pleasant – Charleston County

Basic Information

  • Location – Wando River, Mount Pleasant, Charleston County

  • Origin of name – Lucy Wayne, who has done extensive archaeological research of the area, shares with us one theory on how the plantation got its name: The "interpretation was that [the plantation] was a poor producer ... the area is not terribly well suited for either rice or cotton. What it mostly had was good clay for bricks. In general the soils are very poorly drained and low in nutrients."

    Another interesting note on the possible origin of Starve Gut is that Jamaica has a "Starve Gut Bay." This may or may not be a coincidence, but Starve Gut is an unusual name, and many of South Carolina's early settlers came from here the Caribbean.

  • Other names – Starve Gut Hall, William Hopton, Hopton Tract, Wando Plantation

  • Current status – Located within the northwestern portion of Dunes West development in Mount Pleasant

Timeline

  • 1759 – Earliest known date of existence

    William Hopton combined land previously known as Wando Plantation

  • ? – House built

Land

  • Number of acres – 1,080

  • Primary crop – Rice

  • Brick making was the most profitable business on the plantation.

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – Ball, Gregorie, William Hopton (1759), O'Hear, Russell, Vanderhorst

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – 50

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