Davant Plantation Gillisonville Jasper County
Special thanks to Rutledge Moore for his contributions to this page. Rutledge and his wife Frida have owned Davant since 1991.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Number of slaves ?
- Barns, kitchen smokehouse, stables, laundry house, three hunting cottages
— Entrance to Davant Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
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References & Resources
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- 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
- N. Jane Iseley and William P. Baldwin, Lowcountry Plantations Today (Greensboro, NC: Legacy Publications 2001)
- Information contributed by Tommy Harper
- Interior photos