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- Location Black River, Georgetown, Prince George Winyah Parish, Georgetown County
Located on Beneventum Road off US 701
- Origin of name One source says the name means "good will come to you." Another says it is loosely translated from Italian to mean "good wind." Officially, Benevento (one of the plantation's other names) is Italian for "welcome." (2, p. 459) (5, p. 30-31)
- Other names Benevento, The Grove (1787)
- Current status Privately owned
- 1718 Earliest known date of existence
- 1750 John Green died and his executors were to sell the 1,000 acres he owned along the Black River (2, p. 459).
- 1754 William Green conveyed the 1,000 acres to land speculator James Coachman (2, p. 459).
- 1756 Coachman sold the western 500 acres to Dr. William Fyffe for £1400 (2, p. 459-460).
- Circa 1756 House built, probably by William Fyffe (2, p. 459).
The original house was apparently only two rooms over two, topped by a hipped roof.
- 1768 Dr. Fyffe sold the plantation to Paul Bonneau for £4000 (2, p. 460).
- 1771 Bonneau sold the plantation to Joseph Brown (2, p. 460).
- 1787 Robert Collins and Company (owned by Robert Collins, John Mason, and Archibald Taylor) owned the plantation which was at this time called The Grove (2, p. 461).
- 1788 The plantation was now owned by just Robert Collins and John Mason (2, p. 461).
- ? LeGrand Guerry Walker acquired the plantation (2, p. 463).
- ? John Julius Pringle purchased the plantation from the estate of LeGrand Guerry Walker who had died in 1829. Pringle seems have been the one to begin calling the property Beneventum as he purchased the original tract known as The Grove as well as the neighboring property and combined the two (2, p. 463).
- 1843 Pringle died and his will stipulated his property be divided among his children. Son Robert Pringle received Beneventum (2, p. 464).
- ? Robert Pringle passed away and Beneventum would be sold to George A. Trenholm by heirs Elizabeth and Emma Pringle Robert's sisters and nephew John Julius Izard Pringle. Trenholm was the treasurer of the Confederate government (2, p. 464).
- 1866 Trenholm deeded the plantation to his son-in-law William Miles Hazzard (2, p. 464).
- 1883 William Miles Hazzard conveyed Beneventum to Elliot Waight Hazzard (2, p. 464).
- 1897 Elliot Waight Hazzard passed away and his widow Sophia "Lilly"
Johnstone Hazzard retained ownership of the plantation. Lilly made her home at Beneventum until 1915 when she moved to the Hazzard winter home, Beaumont, in Asheville, NC (9).
- 1916 Emerson W. Hitchcock purchased 600 acres at Beneventum. The balance of the plantation's acreage had been sold off previously (2, p. 464).
- Circa 1918-1958 Beneventum Plantation had several short-term owners during this period including J. Cornelius Rathbournes, Eloise Dudley Drake, Walter W. Posey Jr., and E.A. Mathiessen (2, p. 464).
- 1958 Fred B. Lee purchased the plantation and owned it for nearly 40 years (2, p. 464).
- ? Randy and Suzanne McClary purchased Beneventum and reside with their children there (2, p. 464).
- Number of acres 1,000 in 1750; 500 in 1756; 600 in 1916 (2)
- Primary crop Rice
- Number of slaves 142 in 1850 (1, p. 3)
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1988
Photographs, architectural overview
- 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. 459-464
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- William P. Baldwin Jr., Plantations of the Low County: South Carolina 1697-1865 (Westbrook, ME: Legacy Publishing, 1994)
Order Plantations of the Low County: South Carolina 1697-1865
- 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
- John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842) (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)
- George C. Rodgers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina
- Mansfield Plantation History: Click here
- Information contributed by Ruth Hazzard, a Hazzard family descendent.