Mansfield Plantation - Georgetown Georgetown County South Carolina SC

Mansfield Plantation – Georgetown – Georgetown County



Mansfield Plantation Main House 2007 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Main House at Mansfield Plantation © Thomas Namey, 2007 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Black River, Georgetown, Prince George Winyah Parish, Georgetown County

    Located off US 701 at 1776 Mansfield Road

  • Origin of name – Named in honor of Dr. John Man

  • Other names – ?

  • Current Status – Mansfield is operated as a bed and breakfast inn. Guided tours are available with an appointment.

Mansfield Plantation Winnowing House 2015 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Winnowing House © Beverly Stoney, 2015 —
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Timeline

  • 1718 – Earliest known date of existence (2)

    Land grant to John Green for 500 acres along the Black River (2)

    John Green received several other land grants in the area. From these, the plantations of Wedgefield, Windsor, Beneventum and Peru would be developed (2).

  • 1750 – Green passed away and the 500 acres fell into his estate (2)

  • 1754 – James Coachman purchased the property from the estate of John Green (1, p. 3).

  • 1756 – Coachman sold the 500 acres to Susannah LaRoche Man (1, p. 3).

    Susannah began construction of the house. She was the widow of the late Dr. John Man and named her plantation Mansfield in honor of him (2).

    Susannah purchased additional acreage and inherited Willowbank Plantation. The addition of these two pieces increased Mansfield's size to 760 acres (2).

  • ? – It is unclear when Susannah's daughter Mary Man Taylor became owner of Mansfield.

  • 1801 – Mary Man Taylor died with Mansfield Plantation going to her son John Man Taylor (2).

  • 1823 – John Man Taylor died leaving the plantation to his sister Anna Maria Taylor (2).

  • 1841 – Anna Marie Taylor's son-in-law Dr. Francis Simons Parker traded his plantation, Wedgefield, with her for ownership of Mansfield and Greenwich plantations (2).

  • 1867 – Dr. Parker struggled after the Civil War and died in this year. Upon his death, Mansfield fell into the hands of his wife Mary Taylor Parker (2).

  • 1868 – Mary Taylor Parker conveyed the plantation to her sons Frank Parker, Arthur Middleton Parker and James Parker (2).

  • 1912 – With Mansfield no longer a productive rice plantation and the death of Arthur Middleton Parker, the Parker heirs sold the property Charles W. Tuttle of Auburn, New York. Tuttle used the plantation winter home and hunt club (1, p. 3).

  • 1931 – Tuttle sold the plantation to Colonel Robert L. and Charlotte Montgomery of Ardrossan, Pennsylvania. The Montgomerys embarked on an extensive restoration of Mansfield (2).

  • 1970 – After Mrs. Montgomery's death in this year, her heirs sold Mansfield to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Stevenson and Sarah Smith of Columbia, South Carolina (2).

    Mr. Smith purchased adjoining property and increased the size of the plantation to slightly over 900 acres (2).

  • 2004 – Sarah Smith sold Mansfield to John Rutledge Parker (Francis Simons' great-great grandson) and his wife Sallie Middleton Parker, returning Mansfield to the Parker family after an absence of 92 years (2).

Mansfield Plantation School Building 2015 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation School Building © Gazie Nagle, 2015 —
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Land

  • Number of acres – 500 in 1732 (1, p. 3); 760 in the late 1700s (2); 900 in 1970s (2)

  • Primary crop – Rice

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – 125 circa 1806 (2); 99 in 1849 (1, p. 3);

Mansfield Plantation Slave Village 2007 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Slave Village © Thomas Namey, 2007 —
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Buildings

  • There are six remaining slave cabins on the plantation.
    Slave Cabin Project Visits Mansfield Plantation - Joseph McGill, a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, documents his overnight stay in a slave cabin at Mansfield Plantation in October 2010.

  • The old slave chapel still stands. It has been restored and serves as a reminder of the men and women who lived and worked on the plantation.

  • A threshing mill and a winnowing house remain intact on the property.

Mansfield Plantation Guest House 2015 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Guest House © Beverly Stoney, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1977
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Mansfield Plantation History: Click here

  3. Slave Cabin Project Visits Mansfield Plantation - Joseph McGill, a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, documents his overnight stay in a slave cabin at Mansfield Plantation in October 2010.

  4. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

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

  6. 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)
     Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River

Contact Information

  • Mansfield Plantation
    1776 Mansfield Road
    Georgetown, SC 29440

    Telephone: 866-717-1776
    Website: Click here

Mansfield Plantation Rice House 2015 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Rice House © Beverly Stoney, 2015 —
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Mansfield Plantation North Guest House 2006 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation North Guest House © Thomas Namey, 2006 —
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Mansfield Plantation Kitchen Gues House 2006 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Old Kitchen Guest House © Thomas Namey, 2006 —
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Mansfield Plantation Main House 2015 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Main House © Beverly Stoney, 2015 —
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Mansfield Plantation Oak Avenue 2015 - Georgetown County, South Carolina
— Mansfield Plantation Oak Avenue © Beverly Stoney, 2015 —
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