Red Doe Plantation - Mars Bluff Florence County South Carolina SC

Red Doe Plantation – Mars Bluff – Florence County

Red Doe Plantation 1982 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Red Doe Plantation © National Register of Historic Places, 1982 —

Basic Information

  • Location – Mars Bluff, Florence County

    1132 Francis Marion Road

  • Origin of name – Named by Joseph Wilds Wallace, Jr. after the horse Andrew Hunter rode during his famous American Revolution escape (2).

  • Other names – Evander Gregg House

  • Current status – The house is owned by the non-profit organization Red Doe Plantation, Inc.


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • Circa 1836 – John Gregg acquired the property (3).

  • 1836 – John Gregg gave the 1,005-acre plantation to his son Evander A. Gregg. Evander was 18 (1, p. 3) (3).

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

  • Circa 1836-1846 – House built by Evander A. Gregg (1, p. 3) (2).

  • 1865 – Gregg sold the plantation to Simon Lucas on November 1 (2).

  • 1867 – Simon Lucas was unable to make the payments and signed the property back over to Evander Gregg in January (2).

  • 1867 – Evander Gregg then sold the plantation to his brother Ephraim Gregg (2).

  • 1867 – Ephraim didn't keep the property long and sold it to Robert Legare Singletary in December (2).

  • 1912 – Singletary's widow, Sarah Jane Evans Singletary, sold it to Joseph Wilds Wallace in December (2).

  • 1920 – In January, Wallace sold the plantation to his brother-in-law, Rev. Thomas Hartwell Edwards (2).

  • 1928 – Rev. Edwards deeded the plantation to Joseph Wilds Wallace's three sons, W.G. Wallace, Joseph Wilds Wallace Jr., and Marion Chisholm Wallace (2).

    About 1934, Joseph Wilds Wallace, Jr., began calling the plantation Red Doe. Red Doe was the name of the horse Andrew Hunter rode during his famous American Revolution escape (2).

  • Circa 1940 – Marion Chisholm Wallace and his wife Anne Pearce Wallace acquired Gregg Plantation (2).

  • 1940-1941 – The Wallaces restored the house (2).

  • 1982 – Marion Chisholm Wallace, great-grandnephew of Evander Gregg, was still owner (1, p. 3).

  • ? – The Robert Pearce Wilkins family acquired the plantation (2).

  • 2006 – After passing through generations of Gregg descendants, Robert Pearce Wilkins and family donated the house to the Pee Dee Rifles organization which created the Red Doe Plantation, Inc., a nonprofit corporation (2).


  • Number of acres – 1,005 in 1839; 650 in 1860; 9 in 1982 (1, p. 3) (3).

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – 38 in 1860 (1, p. 3)


  • The house is still standing but not open on a regular basis. It was constructed as a raised cottage with a timber frame.

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1982
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Carl Hill, About Red Doe Plantation: Click here

  3. 1839 Will of John Gregg

Contact Information

  • Red Doe Plantation, Inc.
    c/o Gretchen Huggins
    3695 Willow Creek Road
    Florence, SC 29505
    Telephone: 919-279-8768
    Website: Click here

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