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
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

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.

Timeline

  • 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

Land

  • 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).

Owners

  • 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

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – 559 in 1860 when Board House was still owned by the Blake Family (Contributed by Jillian Olson)

Buildings

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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