Dantzler Plantation Holly Hill Orangeburg County
- Location Holly Hill, Orangeburg County
2755 Vance Road at Bass Drive - at the corner of US 15 and SC 210
- Origin of name Named for Dr. Lewis Dantzler
- Other names Four Hole; SunnySide House (1, p. 1)
- Current status Privately owned
- 1787 Earliest known date of existence
Jacob Dantzler received a land grant (1, p. 8).
- 1846 Dr. Lewis Dantzler was issued a land grant for 703 acres that had been part of his relative Jacob Dantzler's grant (1, p. 8).
- 1846-1849 House built (1, p. 5)
Dr. Lewis Dantzler had the two-story Greek Revival, raised cottage of frame construction built (1, p. 5)
During the Civil War, a small band of Union soldiers approached the house. Upon seeing a Masonic emblem on the front door, they spared the house and its occupants. Dr. Dantzler was also known to treat both Confederate and Union soliders during the war. Blood stains on the upstairs pine floors from this period remain to this day (3).
- 1878 Dr. Lewis Dantzler died and left the plantation to his son, Irvin H. Dantzler (1, p. 8).
- 1920 Irvin H. Dantzler passed away and willed Dantzler Plantation to nephew, Frederick Connor Dantzler (1, p. 8).
- 1930s Blanch Dantzler, wife of Frederick, operated a popular travelers stop and boarding house called SunnySide House at Dantzler Plantation. Rates were $1.00 a night to sleep and 35 cents for a meal (1, p. 8) (3).
- 1973 Frederick Connor Dantzler's daughter, Doris Dantzler Henry, inherited the property when her father died (1, p. 8).
- 1989 Doris Dantzler Henry died and left the home to her husband Tom Henry (1, p. 8).
- 2007 Michael and Doris "Deedee" Dantzler Henry Kullenberg were owners of Dantzler Plantation. Deedee is the great-great-grand niece of Dr. Lewis Dantzler. The Kullenbergs lovingly restored the house (3).
- Number of slaves 90 in 1860 (4)
- The plantation house is still standing, however, no outbuildings survive.
References & Resources
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 2007
Photographs, architectural overview
- Dantzler Plantation: More about National Historic Register
- Shirley Upton, A House of Love, (Orangeburg, SC: The Times and Democrat, April 29, 2007)
- 1860 Orangeburg County Slave Census Schedule