Gregg Plantation - Mars Bluff Florence County South Carolina SC

Gregg Plantation – Mars Bluff – Florence County

Gregg Plantation 2014 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Gregg Plantation © James (Jim) Jenkins, 2014 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

  • Location – Mars Bluff, Florence County

    Wallace Drive

  • Origin of name – The Greggs family originally owned the property.

  • Other names – Gregg-Wallace; Wallace Hall; Wallace House

  • Current status – Some of the plantation's property is owned by Francis Marion University, including the house which serves as the president's home.

Timeline

  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • ? – John Gregg acquired the property.

  • 1836 – John Gregg gave the plantation to his son J. Eli Gregg (2) (4, p. 6).

    J. Eli's brother, Evander A. Gregg, owned neighboring Red Doe Plantation.

  • 1836 – House built by J. Eli Gregg (5).

  • 1890 – J. Eli Gregg's son Walter Gregg owned the plantation (4, p. 6).

  • Circa 1920 – Walter Gregg's daughter and son-in-law, Sallie Gregg Wallace and Joseph Wilds Wallace Sr., became owners (4, p. 6).

  • Early 1920s – The house was destroyed by fire (1, p. 5) (5).

  • 1924 – The Wallaces rebuilt the house (5).

  • 1960 – The Wallace family donated 100 acres including the house for the founding of the University of South Carolina at Florence. The house first provided classroom and meeting space (5).

  • 1970 – Francis Marion College was established on the same site with the house serving as the administration building (5).

  • 1983 – The house was renovated to serve as the residence for the school's president (5).

  • 1994 – The house became formally known as the Wallace House (5).

Gregg Plantation Slave Cabin 2014 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Gregg Plantation Slave Cabin © James (Jim) Jenkins, 2014 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Land

  • Number of acres – 100 in 1960 (5)

  • Primary crop – Cotton (4, p. 6)

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • The plantation's first house, built in 1836, was lost to fire; the current structure was built in 1924 (5).

  • There were 15 slave cabins on the plantation in 1865. Some of these cabins were expanded into tenant farm houses throughout the first half of the 20th century. Two of seven original hewn-timber slave cabins, circa 1831, still exist and have been moved to a different location on the campus of Francis Marion University (1) (4).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form for slave cabins at Francis Marion University - PDF - submitted in 1974
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. 1839 Will of John Gregg

  3. Hewn-timber slave cabins - moved to different location at Francis Marion University

  4. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form for Gregg-Wallace Farm Tenant House - PDF - submitted in 2001
    Photographs, architectural overview

  5. Francis Marion University Campus Facilities

Contact Information

  • Francis Marion University
    4822 East Palmetto Street
    Florence, SC 29506

    Telephone: 800-368-7551
    Website: Click here





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