Board House Plantation - Yemassee Colleton County South Carolina SC

Board House Plantation – Yemassee – Colleton County

Board House Plantation Entrance - Colleton County, South Carolina
— Entrance to Board House/Cherokee Plantation © Gazie Nagle
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Basic Information

  • 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)


Web Resources

  • Million-Dollar Grits - 2000 Forbes article gives a glimpse into the exclusive present-day Cherokee Plantation

Print Resources

Contact Information

  • Cherokee Plantation
    5109 Combahee Road
    Yemassee, SC 29945

    Telephone: 843-844-8000

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