Mount Hope Plantation - Ridgeway Fairfield County South Carolina SC

Mount Hope Plantation – Ridgeway – Fairfield County

Mount Hope Plantation Circa 1983 - Fairfield County, South Carolina
— Mount Hope Plantation, Circa 1983 © National Register of Historic Places —

Basic Information

  • Location – Ridgeway, Fairfield County

    Located on SC 34, about one mile west of Ridgeway

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • 1800s – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1836 – House built (1, p. 1)

    Dr. John Peyne Thomas had the one-and-one-half story frame house built for $1,025. There was also a kiln built at this time to produce the bricks and tile for the house (1, p. 1).

  • 1865-1885 – Two of Dr. Thomas' daughters, Henrietta and Emily Thomas, conducted the Mount Hope School in the basement of the house (1, p. 1).

  • 1983 – Robert W. Thomas was owner (1, p. 1).

  • 1986 – Walter and Tan Brown purchased Mount Hope from the Thomas family (3).

  • 2012 – David Brown, son of Walter and Tan, was owner of record (3).


  • Number of acres – 3 in 1983 (1, p. 1).

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Alphabetical list – David Brown (?-present, 2012); Walter and Tan Brown (1986-?); Charles Edward Thomas; Dr. John Peyre Thomas (1836); Robert W. Thomas (1983); William Thomas


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • As of 2012, the original house, outdoor kitchen/smokehouse circa 1850, and tenant house circa 1875 survive (1, p. 1 and 3).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1983
    Photographs, architectural overview

  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. Information contributed by Boyd Brown

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