Davant Plantation - Gillisonville Jasper County South Carolina SC

Davant Plantation – Gillisonville – Jasper County



Davant Plantation 1970 - Jasper County, South Carolina
— Davant Plantation © John F. Maag, 1970 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Special thanks to Rutledge Moore for his contributions to this page. Rutledge and his wife Frida have owned Davant since 1991.

Overview

  • Location – Near Gillisonville, St. Luke's Parish, Jasper County

    US 278 at SC 462

  • Origin of name – Owner Richard James Davant

  • Other names – The Oaks

  • Current status – Davant Plantation was for sale as of April 2015 with a asking price of $9,850,000. Explore the real estate listings here: 1 | 2

Davant Plantation Mailbox 1970 - Jasper County, South Carolina
— Davant Plantation Mailbox © John F. Maag, 1970 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Timeline

  • 1770 – Earliest known date of existence

    John Hobard received a grant for 100 acres for services rendered to King George III.

  • 1811 – Sold to Stephen McDonald

  • 1813 – Sold to Williams Watters

  • 1815 – Sold to John Cheney, who christened the property The Oaks

  • 1828 – Cheney's daughter Evelina married lawyer Richard James Davant. Upon his father-in-law's death, Davant purchased the estate and changed its name to Davant Plantation.

  • 1865 – Original Greek Revival home burned by Sherman's troops

    Davant dismantled a much simpler, circa 1820 house that was located on a nearby plantation, which he also owned, and transferred it piece-by-piece to the site of his former home.

  • ? – Sold to Edwin M. Berolzheimer

  • 1938 – Mary Berol became owner. Berol had the plantation house extensively renovated and had the two wings added (4).

  • 1981 – Thomas L. Harper purchased 2,400 acres from the Berol estate (4).

  • 1985 – Harper added an additional 25 acres to the plantation (4).

  • 1991 – Harper sold to Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Rutledge Moore. The Moores reside on the plantation year-round and operate it as a hunting preserve.

  • 1995 – Primary filming location for the movie Something to Talk About

Davant Plantation Avenue of Oaks 1970 - Jasper County, South Carolina
— Davant Plantation Avenue of Oaks © John F. Maag, 1970 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Land

  • Number of acres – 100 in 1770; 2,400 in 1981; 2,425 in 1985; 2,100 in 2006

  • Primary crop – ?

  • The Davant family burial ground is located on the property. One stone slab bears a verse and the inscription "Sarah Isabella, Eldest Child of Richard J. and Evelina J. Davant." Another slab bears a verse and the inscription "To the Memory of Mrs. Martha E. Craft, Eldest Daughter of John and Sarah R. Cheney." The dates of the two deaths are 1828 and 1829.

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • Barns, kitchen smokehouse, stables, laundry house, three hunting cottages

Davant Plantation 2014 - Jasper County, South Carolina
— Entrance to Davant Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

References & Resources

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

  2. 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

  3. N. Jane Iseley and William P. Baldwin, Lowcountry Plantations Today (Greensboro, NC: Legacy Publications 2001)

  4. Information contributed by Tommy Harper

  5. Interior photos





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