Board House Plantation Yemassee Colleton County
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- Location Combahee River, Yemassee, St. Bartholomew's Parish, ACE Basin, Colleton County
- Origin of name Renamed Cherokee in 1930 (after the South's wild Cherokee Rose)
- Other names Blake Place, Cherokee
- Current status Exclusive hunting preserve and golf community, limited to 25 members
- Comments The Jeep Cherokee is named for this plantation. Former owner, Robert Beverly Evans, was the head of American Motors.
- 1690 Earliest known date of existence
Part of land grant to Joseph Blake
- 1710 Original house built (named The Boardhouse)
The main house and outbuildings were destroyed by fire during the Civil War.
- 1930 Caroline and W.R. Coe purchased Cherokee from the Blake family.
- 1931 Current house built
- Number of acres 11,000 (1860); 11,000 (1930); approximately 7,000 (present-day)
- Primary crop Rice
- Grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (landscape architect who also designed the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and Central Park in New York City).
- Alphabetical list Daniel Blake, Joseph Blake, Caroline and W.R. Coe, Robert Beverly Evans, Robert L. Huffines, Jr. (President of Burlington Industries and Director of ABC Television), J. Randolph Updyke, Williams Furniture Company
- Number of slaves 559 in 1860 when Board House was still owned by the Blake Family (Contributed by Jillian Olson)
- Million-Dollar Grits - 2000 Forbes article gives a glimpse into the exclusive present-day Cherokee Plantation
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- 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
- Carolina W. Todd and Sidney Wait, South Carolina: A Day at a Time (Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing Company, 2008)
- N. Jane Iseley and William P. Baldwin, Lowcountry Plantations Today (Greensboro, NC: Legacy Publications 2001)
- 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. 69-73.
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860
- Cherokee Plantation
5109 Combahee Road
Yemassee, SC 29945