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- Location North Santee River, Minim Island, Georgetown County
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status Privately owned
- 1735 Earliest known date of existence when John Vanderhorst was granted 390 acres of land (2, p. 1).
- ? William Vanderhorst owned the property (1).
- 1756 Thomas Lynch purchased 390 acres from his second wife's brother, William Vanderhorst (1).
- ? The property was handed down to Lynch's son, Thomas Lynch II (1).
- ? Thomas Lynch III became owner.
Both father and son represented South Carolina at the Continental Congress and were to be signers of the Declaration of Independence. Only Thomas Lynch III would ultimately sign as his father died from a stroke before he was able to sign the historic document (1).
- ? James Kinloch was the owner of a large tract after several divisions and additions were made the plantation's acreage over the years (1).
- ? The holding passed to James Kinloch's son, Francis Kinloch (1).
- 1767 Francis Kinloch died leaving the plantation jointly to his sons Francis Kinloch II and Cleland Kinloch (1).
- ? Kinloch bothers sold to partners George Lockney and Edward Crook (1).
- ? Lockney died and the property would eventually end up in the hands of Crook's heirs (1).
- ? Johnathan Lucas purchased part of the land holding (1).
Lucas never called Rice Hope his residence but did successfully grow rice on the plantation. Both he and his son, Johnathan Lucas II, developed machinery that greatly improved rice milling (1).
- ? Simons Lucas, Johnathan Lucas II's son, became owner of the property and continued to run it as a successful rice plantation (1).
- Circa 1836 Simons Lucas built a house on the property (1).
- ? Simons Lucas' great-granddaughter married Frederick Wentworth Ford. Ford continued to run the rice plantation until 1908 when a flood destroyed the rice fields. He tried to rebuild the fields but his efforts proved futile (1).
- 1926 Ford sold the property to William Beach who used it as a hunting preserve. Beach also modernized the house (1).
- Mid 1950s Williams Furniture Corporation, based out of Sumter, purchased the plantation (1).
- ? Rice Hope was sold to a group of investors (1).
- 1982 Plantation acquired by current owners, a group of six businessmen (1).
- Number of acres 390 in 1756; 392 present day (1)
- Primary crop Indigo, Rice
- Chronological list John Vanderhorst (1735-?), William Vanderhorst (?-1756), Thomas Lynch (1756-?), Thomas Lynch II, Thomas Lynch III, James Kinloch, Francis Kinloch (?-1767), Francis Kinloch II and Cleland Kinloch (1767-?), George Lockney and Edward Crook, Crook, Johnathan Lucas, Simons Lucas, Frederick Wentworth Ford (?-1926), William Beach (1926-?), Williams Furniture Corporation (mid 1950s)
- Number of slaves 88
- At the time of Francis Kinloch's death in 1767, his probate inventory included a small building on the property. It is unclear if this building was a house or more of a plantation office. This building would be lost to fire (1).
- Circa 1836, Simons Lucas built a house at Rice Hope (1).
References & Resources
- Rice Hope Plantation History: Click here
- Rice Hope Plantation Land Documents: PDF
- 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
- 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