Good Hope Plantation - Ridgeland Jasper County South Carolina SC

Good Hope Plantation – Ridgeland – Beaufort and Jasper Counties

Good Hope Plantation Gates 2014 - Jasper County, South Carolina
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Basic Information

  • Location – Five miles from Ridgeland, Jasper County

    315 Good Hope Plantation Road

    Good Hope's western border is SC 462; its eastern border is the Broad River. The plantation is situated partially in Beaufort County and partially in Jasper County.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Camp Good Hope

  • Current status – Used as a hunting lodge. Land is planted in pines and harvested annually for pulpwood and telephone poles; it is also rented for cornfields. Good Hope's owners intend to develop the land in the near future. Read about their plans here.

Timeline

    We define a plantation as a large farm on which most of the work was done by slaves. Thus all the plantations we catalog were established before the Civil War.

    Good Hope was established in 1891 and this new plantation never used slave labor.

  • 1891 – Earliest known date of existence (3, p. 18)

    Camp Good Hope, as it was originally called, was created when New York banker Harry B. Hollins began to purchase land in the area to be used as a hunting retreat (3, p. 18).

  • 1909 – General John Howard sold White Hall Plantation to Harry B. Hollis. This property Hollis folded into Camp Good Hope (3, p. 18).

  • 1910 – Herbert L. Pratt, president of Standard Oil, purchased Good Hope from Hollis. Pratt constructed several cabins and a lodge (3, p. 18).

  • 1930s – The lodge building was lost to fire (4, p. 174).

  • 1932 – Good Hope Corporation began managing the property for timber and wildlife hunts (3, p. 8).

  • 1944 – A main lodge building was constructed (4, p. 174).

  • 1945 – Pratt died and his widow Florence Balsdon Gibb Pratt retained ownership. She and her second husband, Richard Webel, used Good Hope Plantation as their winter retreat (4, p. 174).

Land

  • Number of acres – 15,500 in 2008 (2)

  • Primary crop – ?

  • Land encompasses Honey Hill battle site and ruins of White Hall (home of the Heywards on Euhaw Creek); adjoins gravesite of Thomas Heyward, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence (gravesite located at junction of SC 462 and SC 333).

Slaves

  • Number of slaves – ?

Buildings

  • Five separate buildings are on the property. They are of log cabin construction and painted white. Each is connected by a brick walkway (1).

References & Resources

  1. Moving Finger of Jasper - historical info - click link, then scroll down to "Good Hope Plantation" header

  2. Jeremy Hsieh, Plantation Wwners Plan for Ridgeland Annexation that Would Lead to Conservation-friendly Development (Hilton Head Island, SC: Island Packet, February 26, 2008)

  3. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1975
    Photographs, architectural overview

  4. Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius, editors, Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2009)





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