- Location High Hills Section, St. Mark's Parish, Sumter County
Located on Argyle Drive, about 3 miles south of Stateburg off SC 261
- Origin of name ?
- Other names Originally called Ararat meaning "Here I Rest"; Stirling
- Current status ?
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- Circa 1787 House built (2)
John Gabriel Guignard built a house as a wedding gift for his granddaughter, Ann Richardson who married William Mayrant. The plantation was called Ararat at this time (2).
- ? The plantation was sold to the McLaurin family after the deaths of Ann and William Mayrant. The plantation was renamed Argyle at this time (2).
- 1869 House built by Dr. Henry J. McLaurin in the Greek-Revival style and was named Stirling, for Stirling Castle in Scotland.
- Chronological list William and Ann Richardson Mayrant (Circa 1787-?); Dr. Henry James McLaurin
- Number of slaves 95 in 1820 under William Mayrant (2)
- In 1885, a small school was built in the front yard of Argyle Plantation. Prior to that, Mary Agnes McLaurin taught white preschool children in a room in the house at Argyle Plantation. She was followed by Catherine Louisa McLaurin. For six months each year Argyle was a public school. Parents paid the school expenses for the other three months.
References & Resources
- Cassie Nicholes, Historical Sketches of Sumter County: Its birth and Growth (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1975)
Order Historical Sketches of Sumter County: Its birth and Growth
- Information contributed by Kellie Roughen.