Millbrook Plantation Georgetown Georgetown County
— Millbrook Plantation House © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
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- Location Minim Creek (a branch of the North Santee River), Georgetown, Prince George Winyah Parish, Georgetown County
Located off US 17 about fourteen miles south of Georgetown
- Origin of name Millbrook was named by Andrew Johnston who owned a pioneering rice mill operated by the tide.
- Other names Annandale (1826-2001)
- Current status Privately owned
- 1732 Earliest known date of existence
Thomas Lynch received a grant for 4,500 acres on the North Santee River (4, p. 617).
- 1737 Thomas Lynch died and left his plantation to his son, Thomas Lynch II (4, p. 617).
- ? Property was sold to Andrew Johnston, a relative of Thomas Lynch II (4, p. 617).
- 1791 Andrew Johnston hired Jonathan Lucas Sr. to build a rice mill. Millbrook had the first tide-operated mill
- 1795 Andrew Johnston died and left the plantation to his son, William Andrew Johnston. William married Anna Maria Pinckney and they built a house near the rice fields (4, p. 617).
- 1826 William's son, Andrew, took over the management of the plantation. He changed the name to Annandale in honor of his ancestral home in Scotland. Andrew also changed the spelling of his last name to Johnstone (1).
- 1833 Andrew constructed a Greek Revival house which still stands today (1).
- 1863 George A. Trenholm, who was Secretary of the Confederate Treasury from 1864 until the end of the war, purchased the property from Andrew Johnstone. A year later, Johnstone was murdered in his home in the mountains by deserters of the Confederate and Union Armies (4, p. 619-620).
- 1865 Trenholm conveyed the plantation to his son-in-law, William Miles Hazzard (4, p. 620).
- 1898 William Miles Hazzard sold the property to the Santee Rice Company (1).
- 1911 William Darlington purchased the plantation from the Santee Rice Company (4, p. 620).
- 1919 Darlington sold the plantation to Charles M. Reeves. The sale included Millbrook and Hopewell and Hopeland, adjacent properties. The Reeves family restored the house, converted the old rice fields for cattle grazing, grew soy beans and corn, and harvested shrimp and crabs from the wetlands (4, p. 620).
- 1981 White Oak Forest Management purchases what was known as Millbrook Plantation (6).
- 1986 Louis Dunklin purchased Millbrook Plantation from White Oak Forest Management (6).
- 1988 The house at Millbrook along with twenty-six acres was sold to Alexander Gregg, a descendant of the Johnstones. The Reeves kept 4,000 acres and retained the name Annandale. (4, p. 620).
- 2001 Dan Ray purchased Millbrook. It is protected under a conservation easement and the name Millbrook must be maintained (4, p. 620).
- 2004 Mr. and Mrs. John H. Parrish purchased Millbrook from Dan Ray.
- Number of acres 4,500 in 1732; 4,026 in 1919; 26 in 2001
- Primary crop Rice
Andrew Johnstone produced 900,000 pounds of rice in 1850 (4, p. 619).
- Alphabetical list Thomas Lynch (1732-1737); Thomas Lynch II (1737-?); Andrew Johnston (?-1795); William Andrew Johnston (1795-1826); Andrew Johnstone (1826-1863); George A. Trenholm (1863-1865); William Miles Hazzard (1865-1898); Santee Rice Company (1898-1911); William Darlington (1911-1919); Charles M. Reeves (1919-?); White Oak Forest Management (1981-1986); Louis Dunklin (1986-1988); Alexander Gregg (1988-?); Dan Ray (2001-2004); Mr. and Mrs. John H. Parrish (2004-?)
- Number of slaves ?
- House 5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 5000 square feet (2005)
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1973
Photographs, architectural overview
- 30-14 Plantation File, South Carolina Historical Society
– Online Catalog
- Alberta Morel Lachicotte, Georgetown Rice Plantations (Georgetown, SC: Georgetown County Historical Society, 1993)
Order Georgetown Rice Plantations
- 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
- George C. Rodgers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina
- Information contributed by Louis Dunklin