Belmont Plantation - Garnett Hampton County South Carolina SC

Belmont Plantation – Garnett – Hampton County

Belmont Plantation 2016 - Hampton County, South Carolina
— Belmont Plantation Lodge © Gazie Nagle, 2016 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Garnett, Hampton County

    1282 Webb Avenue

  • Origin of name – The Belmont name became associated with the plantation when it was purchased by the Belmont family, of horse-racing's Belmont Stakes, purchased it (2).

  • Other names – Possum Corner; James W. Webb Wildlife Center

  • Current status – Designated as a managed land area by SCDNR; the Webb Wildlife Center is open to the public for recreation

Belmont Plantation Side 2016 - Hampton County, South Carolina
— Side Belmont Plantation Lodge © Gazie Nagle, 2016 —
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  • 1737 – Earliest known date of existence (2)

    The Tison family received a land grant from George II. The property was known as Possum Corner during the Tison family ownership (2) (5).

  • ? – House built

  • 1765 – John Tison and wife May Stafford Tison moved to Hampton County South Carolina from North Carolina and it is assumed to the family's granted land (4).

  • ? – John and May's son, John Tison II and his wife Elizabeth Stafford Tinson are buried in the Tison family cemetery located on the plantation and is believed to have inherited the plantation (4).

  • ? – Reuben Henry Tison, son of Elizabeth Stafford and John Tison II, became the plantation's owner. He constructed a summer house called Mistletoe Grove at the plantation. This house would later be used to house employees of the Webb Wildlife Center (4).

  • 1865 – Sherman's troops burned the house during the winter (2).

  • 1874 – Colonel John Allen Tison inherited the plantation, known as Possum Corner, when his father Reuben Henry Tison passed away (4) (6).

  • 1890 – Colonel John Allen Tison built a new house on the plantation. The house is still used as a hunting lodge for visitors (2).

  • 1902 – August Belmont purchased the plantation for use as a hunting retreat and winter training ground for his race horses (2) (5).

  • 1941 – The plantation was purchased by the state of South Carolina's fish and wildlife management agency (2).

Belmont Plantation Outbuildings 2016 - Hampton County, South Carolina
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  • Number of acres – 5,866 in 2016 (2) (3)

  • Primary crop – ?

  • The Tison family cemetery is located on the property (4)


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
    –  Online Catalog

  2. Information contributed by Gazie Nagle from:
    75 Years and a Million Acres (and Counting) - SC DNR News

  3. Webb Wildlife Center: Click here

  4. Kathy Schmidtktally, Tison family

  5. Yvonne Deloach, List of plantations in Hampton County: Click here

  6. Excerpted from Historic Resources of the Lowcountry by Cynthia C. Jenkins as published on Roots and Recall

Contact Information

  • Webb Wildlife Center
    1282 Webb Avenue
    Garnett, SC 29922

    Telephone: 803-625-3569
    Website: Click here

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