Tanglewood Plantation - Lynchburg Lee County South Carolina SC

Tanglewood Plantation – Lynchburg – Lee County

Tanglewood Plantation 2009 - Lee County, South Carolina
— Tanglewood Plantation © SCIWAY.net, 2009 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Lynchburg, Lee County

    2100 SC 341

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Smith's Grove

  • Current status – Privately owned and available for special events

Tanglewood Plantation Front Parlor 2013 - Lee County, South Carolina
— Front Parlor at Tanglewood Plantation © Daniel Cothran, 2013 —
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  • 1747 – Earliest known date of existence when Arthur Smith received a land grant of near 5,000 acres from King George II (2).

  • ? – Original house built by Arthur Smith. The two story cypress log home was lost to fire in the early 1800s (2).

  • 1830 – Current house built by Arthur's grandson, Rev. William H. Smith (2).

  • ? – William's son, U.S. Senator Ellison DuRant "Cotton Ed" Smith, owned Tanglewood (2).

  • ? – Ellison's daughters Anna S. Smith and Isobel S. Lawton were owners of Tanglewood Plantation (2).

  • ? – Wellington and Janet Goddin became owners of the plantation (2).

  • 2013 – Daniel and Jessica Cothran purchased Tanglewood from the Goddins and operated it as a special events venue (5).

  • 2014 – The Cothrans were in need of selling the property quickly. They hosted an open house and received 57 bids. A bid placed by Jamie and Orville Dyce was accepted in October. The Dyces restored the plantation, added some modern amenities and have opened their home for select events (2) (6).

Tanglewood Plantation Center Hall 2013 - Lee County, South Carolina
— Tanglewood Plantation Center Hall © Daniel Cothran, 2013 —
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  • Number of acres – About 5,000 in 1747; 500 in 1977; 24 in 2014

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – ?

Tanglewood Plantation School House 2013 - Lee County, South Carolina
— School House at Tanglewood Plantation © Daniel Cothran, 2013 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Buildings include plantation house, smokehouse, butler's house, one-room school house, tack house, and barn. The original smokehouse is thought to be the oldest building in Lee County (2).

References & Resources

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

  2. Brief history of Tanglewood Plantation: Click here

  3. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  4. 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

  5. Information contributed by Daniel Cothran

  6. Traci Bridges, Lynchburg's Historic Tanglewood Plantation Under Contract (Florence, SC: Morning News, October 16, 2014)

Contact Information
  • Tanglewood Plantation
    2100 Highway 341 South
    Lynchburg, SC 29080

    Website: Click here

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