Bonnie Doone Plantation - Walterboro Colleton County South Carolina SC

Bonnie Doone Plantation – Walterboro – Colleton County

Basic Information

  • Location – Horseshoe Creek, a branch of the Ashepoo River, Walterboro, St. Bartholomew's Parish, ACE Basin, Colleton County

    Follow SC 64 to Ritter Road and turn left onto Bonnie Doone Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

    Bonnie Doone includes Ashland Plantation, Chessey Plantation, Dehon Plantation, Neyle Plantation, and Sterling Plantation.

  • Current status – Owned by the Charleston Baptist Association, operated as a camp and conference center

Timeline

  • 1722 – Earliest known date of existence

    Royal land grant given to William Hopton

  • 1865 – Original house, outbuildings burned by Union troops

  • 1931 – Rebuilt by New York stockbroker Alfred H. Caspary

    The house is built in the Georgian style and has 32 rooms, including 12 bedrooms.

  • Circa late 1960s – Plantation purchased by the Charleston Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of the United States.

    Laurie Hanna Jones shares, "The Charleston Presbytery purchased the plantation and did a tremendous amount of renovation of the Big House and the other buildings which still stand today. They also built the in-ground pool and a recreational building which stands behind the caretaker's house. A bridge was built to what is known as Vesper Island and benches were built there for worship."

Land

  • Number of acres – At one time, the plantation comprised 15,000 acres. The present acreage is 131.

  • Primary crop – Rice

    Although Sherman's troops burned the house in 1861, rice continued to be grown on the plantation until 1911. The rice fields are visible today.

Owners

  • Alphabetical list – Bischoff, A. H. Caspary (1931), Charleston Baptist Association (present), Charleston Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of the United States (cira late 1960s-late 1970s), Chessey, Colcock, Dr. Theodore DeHon (1861), Delton, Eckhardt, Henry T. Ferguson (1846-1859), Fishburne, Wilmot S. Gibbes, Grace, Henderson, Sampson W. Leith, Neyle, Cotesworth Pinckney, Fishburne, Pringle, Rhett, Richmond, Paul Sanders (1931), Stokes, Wichman

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • Current mansion used in the movie Scarlett

References & Resources

  1. Baptist Conference Center at Bonnie Doone: Click here

  2. 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

  3. Sankofa's Plantation Data Collection

  4. Lucius G. Fishburne, Plantation Notes, St. Bartholomew's Parish, 1960, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  5. Sherry J. Cawley, Around Walterboro South Carolina: Postcard History (Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 1998)

  6. 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. 79-80.
     Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860

Contact Information

  • Baptist Conference Center at Bonnie Doone
    5878 Bonnie Doone Road
    Walterboro, SC 29488

    Telephone: 843-893-3396
    Website: Click here





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