Bellefield Plantation - Georgetown Georgetown County South Carolina SC

Bellefield Plantation – Georgetown – Georgetown County

Bellefield Plantation 2013 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
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Basic Information


  • 1718 – John, Lord Carteret, one of the Lords Proprietors, claimed 12,000 acres and called it Hobcaw Barony (3).

  • 1730 – Lord Carteret sold the property to John Roberts for £500.

    John Roberts sold the land to three men: Sir William Baker, Nicholas Linwood, and Brice Fisher. The three men appointed two agents to sell off the land. Hobcaw Barony would eventually be divided into many plantations (3).

  • 1767 – Records indicate that Henry James Daubuz received a tract of land from the Hobcaw Barony. No documents have been found regarding his ownership (3, p. 36).

  • 1794 – Thomas Young was in possession of the property. It contained 870 acres, and he named it Bellefield (3, p. 36).

    A plat dated 1798 shows a main house with outbuildings. Thomas Young and his family probably spent their time between this house and the one he owned at Youngville (3, p. 37).

  • 1804 – Thomas Young died and his property was divided into smaller tracts. Bellefield remained intact and went to Dr. William Allston and was then sold to William Alston (3, p. 37).

  • 1839 – Charles Coteswoth Pinckney Alston owned Bellefield. At this time Alston owned both Bellefield and Youngville (3, p. 37).

  • 1881 – Charles C.P. Alston died and left his estate to his three children: Joseph Pringle, Charles Pringle, and Susan Pringle Alston. The three never married or had children (3, p. 38).

  • 1906 – Susan and Charles Pringle Alston sold the plantations to Bernard M. Baruch (3, p. 38).

    Baruch was in the process of acquiring all the plantations that were created from the original Hobcaw Barony. He called all of his property Hobcaw Barony using the original name.

  • 1935-1943 – Bernard M. Baruch conveyed most of Hobcaw Barony to his daughter, Belle Wilcox Baruch (1).

  • 1956 – Belle Baruch created the Bernard M. Baruch Foundation to manage the barony as an educational center focusing on forestry and marine science (3, p. 54).

  • 1964 – Belle Baruch died and her father decided to change the name of the foundation to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation. The foundation still exists today and continues to provide educational opportunities in wildlife conservation and research (1).


  • Number of acres – 870 in 1794

  • Primary crop – Rice


  • Number of slaves – 290 in 1860 (total for Alston's Bellefield Plantation and Fairfield Plantation) (5, p. 19)

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1994
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. History of Hobcaw Barony: Click here

  3. Suzanne Cameron Linder and Marta Leslie Thacker, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River (Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2001), pp. 34-39
     Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River

  4. George C. Rodgers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
     Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina

  5. Charles Joyner, Down by the Riverside: A South Carolina Slave Community, Anniversary Edition (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009)

Contact Information

  • Belle W. Baruch Foundation
    22 Hobcaw Road
    Georgetown, SC 29440

    Telephone: 843-546-4623
    Website: Click here

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