Mansfield Plantation Georgetown Georgetown County
— Main House at Mansfield Plantation © Thomas Namey —
- 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 Barn © Thomas Namey —
- 1718 Earliest known date of existence (2)
Land grant to John Green for 500 acres along the Black River (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).
- ? 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 Avenue of Oaks © Thomas Namey —
- Number of acres 500 in 1732 (1, p. 3); 760 in the late 1700s (2); 900 in 1970s (2)
- Primary crop Rice
- Chronological list John Green (1732-1750); Estate of John Green (1750-1754); James Coachman (1754-1756); Savannah LaRoche Man (1756-?); Mary Man Taylor (?-1801); John Man Taylor (1801-1823); Anna Maria Taylor (1823-1841); Dr. Francis Simons Parker (1841-1867); Mary Taylor Parker (1867-1868); Frank Parker, Arthur Middleton Parker and James Parker (1868-?); Charles W. Tuttle (1912-1931); Robert L. and Charlotte Montgomery (1931-1970); Wilbur Stevenson and Sarah Smith (1970-2004); John Rutledge and Sallie Middleton Parker (2004-present, 2012)
— Mansfield Plantation Slave Village © Thomas Namey —
- 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.
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1977
Photographs, architectural overview
- Mansfield Plantation History: Click here
- 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.
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- George C. Rodgers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina
- 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
- Mansfield Plantation
1776 Mansfield Road
Georgetown, SC 29440
Website: Click here
— Mansfield Plantation North Guest House © Thomas Namey —
— Mansfield Plantation Old Kitchen Guest House © Thomas Namey —
— Mansfield Plantation by Moonlight © Thomas Namey —