Summit Plantation - Adams Run, Charleston County South Carolina SC

Summit Plantation – Adams Run – Charleston County

Summit Plantation, 2001 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Summit Plantation, 2001 © Brandon Coffey

Basic Information

  • Location – Swinton Creek, Adams Run, St. Paul's Parish, Charleston County

    Off County Road 390 (Toogoodoo Road) six miles southeast from Adams Run

  • Origin of name – Amarinthia Jenkins Wilkinson named the plantation "Summit" because it expressed the summit of her happiness (1, p. 3).

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned

Timeline

  • 1694 – Earliest known date of existence

    Originally granted to Landgrave Thomas Smith in 1694 and re-granted to Joseph Blake six years later

  • 1730 – House built by John Bull

    The original house fell into disrepair and was known as "Rat Hall."

  • 1813 – William Wilkinson married Amarinthia Jenkins. They moved into a small house on the estate of Amarinthia's father, Daniel Jenkins. The Jenkins estate was then divided with the Wilkinsons receiving 500 acres (1, p. 3).

  • 1819 – A new home was built by William Wilkinson. He recorded the cost of constructing the house to be $2,358.44 (1, p. 3).

  • 1829 – William Wilkinson received a silver loving cup from the Agricultural Society for the best five acres of cotton (1, p. 3).

  • 1879 – Amarinthia Wilkinson died and the plantation was left to her sons Daniel and Francis (1, p. 6).

  • 1892 – Daniel and Francis farmed the property together until Daniel's death left Francis the plantation's sole owner (1, p. 6).

  • 1966 – Summit Plantation remained in the Wilkinson family until it was purchased by John H. Boineau (1, p. 6).

  • 1982 – John Boineau built two one-room additions. Boineau is a fine craftsman and has restored and recreated much of the original woodwork. His wife owns Middleton's Plantation (4).

Land

  • Number of acres – 500 in 1816 (1, p. 3)

  • Primary crop – Rice, cotton

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – Joseph Blake (1700-?), John Boineau (1966-?), Mary Middleton and Pierce Butler, John Dorsius, Daniel Jenkins, Daniel and Francis Jenkins (1879-1892), Francis Jenkins (1892-?), Landgrave Thomas Smith (1694-1700), Amarinthia Jenkins Wilkinson (1813-1879)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – 75 in 1850 (1, p. 6)

Buildings

  • Two-story frame house (1, p. 2)

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1983
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  3. Catherine Campant Messner, South Carolina's Low Country: A Past Preserved (Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing Company, 1988)
     Order South Carolina's Low Country: A Past Preserved

  4. Information contributed by Brandon Coffey.

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