Airy Hall Plantation Fenwick Colleton County
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- Location Ashepoo River, Fenwick, St. Bartholomew's Parish, ACE Basin, Colleton County
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status Privately owned
— Entrance to Airy Hall Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2012 —
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- 1701 Earliest known date of existence
William Lashley was granted 1,050 acres of land. This property would later be subdivided with 525 acres becoming part of Airy Hall Plantation (5, p. 3).
- ? House built
- ? Robert Wright was the plantation's next owner (5, p. 3).
- ? Robert Wright's son-in-law Thomas Shubrick owned Airy Hall next (5, p. 3).
- 1768 Shubrick conveyed the property to Dr. James Skirving (5, p. 3).
- 1770 Dr. Skirving gave 1,100 acres along the Ashepoo River to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Philip Smith. Philip Smith constructed a house with river views (5, p. 3-4).
- 1787 Philip Smith died and his wife Elizabeth had preceded him in death. Airy Hall passed to their daughter, Charlotte and her husband Philip Smith. Philip Smith had received a grant in 1786 of 288 acres that adjoined Airy Hall (5, p. 3).
- 1797 Philip Smith died leaving his land property to son Philip Skirving Smith (5, p. 3).
- 1810 Philip Skirving Smith died unwed and it is believed Airy Hall passed to his sister Charlotte Smith Price (5, p. 3).
- ? Charlotte's son Philip Smith Price was the plantation's next owner. Philip also owned Llandovery Plantation which he inherited from his father's side of the family (5, p. 3).
- 1866 Philip Smith Price died leaving the plantation to his wife to be held in trust for their daughter Marie P. E. Price Farmer (5, p. 4).
- 1872 2,000 acres of the plantation were sold a sheriff's auction to pay for back taxes. John D. Warren purchased the property at this time (5, p. 4).
- 1872 After the auction, Emma N. Farmer Price Sanders, Maria Farmer's daughter, filed suit to reclaim the property. She was successful. Airy Hall was returned to Maria Farmer and recorded with its antebellum boundaries (5, p. 4).
- 1906 The plantation remained in the family until this year when the E.P. Burton Lumber Company purchased the plantation from Maria's children, Emma Hickman, W.Ivan Farmer and Pearl Farmer (5, p. 4).
- 1907 E.P. Burton Lumber Company combined Airy Hall with Cow Pen Point, Chapman Fort, Smilies Plantation, and Palmetto Island. This combined tract was sold to William Godfrey, John W. Maynard, and James P. Maynard (5, p. 4).
- ? L. H. Smith purchased the combined tract (5, p. 4).
- 1928 Robert G. Elbert purchased the property from Smith and called the combined tract Airy Hall. There was a modern brick house at this time located in the same area as the house built by Philip Smith. Elbert would develop some of the property into a golf course (5, pp. 4 and 440).
- 1939 Mrs. Robert G. Elbert owned Airy Hall Plantation (8).
- 1941 P.O. Mead and A.N. Manucy purchased the plantation for approximately $200,000 from Mrs. Robert G. Elbert. The plantation consisted of 16,000 at the time of this transaction (9).
- 1941 Mead and Manucy sold 12,000 acres of the property, including the house, to Lawrence Barringer, a hotel owner from Columbia. Mr. Barringer planned to use the house for his personal use and supply his hotels with products cultivated at the plantation (9).
- Circa 1960 Albert Love owned the plantation (7, p. 29).
- 1995 The plantation was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Harry "Buck" Bancroft Limehouse (5, p. 4).
- Number of slaves ?
References & Resources
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- 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
- Margaret F. Kemp, Colleton County, South Carolina: A Pictorial History (Dallas, TX: Taylor Publishing Company, 1994)
- Lucius G. Fishburne, Plantation Notes, St. Bartholomew's Parish, 1960, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- Suzanne Cameron Linder, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
(Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1995), pp. 1-4.
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
- Video of Airy Hall - Beautiful tour of the grounds of Airy Hall Plantation by Erik Olsen
- Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius, editors, Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2009)
- Information contributed by Alida Ward from a draftsman's
drawing of Airy Hall 1939.
- Information contributed by Ramona L Grimsley, MLIS MBA, from an article in the Charleston
Evening Post dated July 24, 1941.