Eutaw Plantation - Lake Marion Orangeburg County South Carolina SC

Eutaw Plantation – Lake Marion – Orangeburg County

Basic Information

  • Location – Submerged under Lake Marion, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Orangeburg County

    Original plantation lands were located near present-day Eutaw Springs and were between the Santee River and Eutaw Creek.

    Eutaw was originally in Berkeley County, but in 1908 the county lines were redrawn and the plantation became part of Orangeburg County.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – In 1939, work began on the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project. This project displaced many families and communities, and many historic homes were lost as the area was flooded.


  • 1770 – Earliest known date of existence

    James Sinkler received a land grant. He developed his plantation Belvidere on part of the land and later gave a tract of the land to his son William as a wedding gift.

  • 1808 – William built a house on his property as well as a race track for horses. He called his plantation Eutaw.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Chronological list – James Sinkler (1770-?); William Sinkler

    Eutaw was the home of the Sinklers for six generations.


  • Number of slaves – ?


References & Resources

  1. Waterman Report of 1939 - transcription - includes history of region, architectural analyses of homes
    Eutaw Plantation
    Eutaw Plantation House - photographs, drawing

  2. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  3. Anne Sinkler Fishburne, Belvidere, A Plantation Memory (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1949)
     Order Belvidere, A Plantation Memory

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