Sunnyside Plantation - Edisto Island Charleston County South Carolina SC

Sunnyside Plantation – Edisto Island – Charleston County

Sunnyside Plantation 1978 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Sunnyside Plantation © Library of Congress, 1978 —
(Prints & Photographs Division HABS SC,10-EDIL,8-1)

Basic Information

  • Location – Store Creek, Edisto Island, St. John's Colleton Parish, Charleston County

    Off north side of Peter's Point Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – ?

Sunnyside Plantation Cotton Gin Ruins 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Cotton Gin Ruins at Sunnyside Plantation © Pam Black, 2009 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


Timeline

  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • Circa 1870-1880 – House built

    House constructed by Townsend Mikell. Townsend's father, Isaac Jenkins Mikell owned nearby Peters Point Plantation (1, p. 2).

  • ? – Mrs. Edwin Belser acquired Sunnyside from her father Townsend Mikell. She and her husband used it as a summer home (1, p. 3).

  • 1986 – Dr. Ritchie Besler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Belser, and his wife Gale were owners (1, p. 3).

  • 2004 – Scenes from the movie The Notebook was filmed at Sunnyside Plantation. The house that served as Frank Calhoun's (Sam Shepard) homestead is located on the drive leading to the main house (4).

Sunnyside Plantation Notebook Calhoun House 2014 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Frank Calhoun's House in The Notebook © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Land

  • Number of acres – 3 in 1986 (1, p. 3)

  • Primary crop – Sea Island cotton (1, p. 2)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • The main house, barn, and two smaller houses are on the property (1, p. 2).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1986
    Photographs, architectural overview

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

  3. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  4. SCIWAY's movie page about The Notebook

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