Millford Plantation - Pinewood Sumter County South Carolina SC

Millford Plantation – Pinewood – Sumter County

Millford Plantation 2009 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Millford Plantation House © Classical American Homes Preservation Trust —

Basic Information

  • Location – Pinewood, Sumter County, St. Mark's Parish

    Located west of the Town of Pinewood and south of Poinsett State Park off SC 261 at 7320 Millford Plantation Road, Pinewood. Click here for directions.

  • Comments – Bears a striking resemblance to the old Charleston Hotel in Charleston, which is not surprising since Millford's builder, Nathaniel P. Potter, was an understudy for the hotel's architect.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Manning's Folly

  • Other spellings – Milford

  • Current status – Owned by the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust and open to the public for tours.

Millford Plantation 2009 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Wisteria-draped Rear Porch © Classical American Homes Preservation Trust —


  • 1839 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1839-1841 – House was built by Nathaniel P. Potter for future South Carolina governor John Lawrence Manning and his young bride, Susan Frances Hampton.

    Millford was built on land inherited by Manning from his grandfather, Richard Richardson. The Richardsons also owned nearby Bloomhill Plantation.

  • 1902 – The Manning family sold Millford to Mary Clark Thompson.

  • 1923 – Mary Clark Thompson enjoyed escaping the harsh New York winters at Millford. Upon her death in 1923, the property was willed to her nephews, Emory Wendell Clark and Myron Clark Williams.

  • ? – Emory Clark's son, William Reeve Clark, became Millford's next owner and used the property as a winter home.

  • 1992 – Richard Hampton Jenrette purchased Millford along with 400 acres and began an extensive restoration of the house.

  • 2008 – Jenrette donated Millford to be used as a house museum by the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.


  • Number of acres – 4,251 in 1969; 400 in 1992

  • Primary crop – Cotton

  • Bloomhill Cemetery is located on the Millford Plantation property, not far from Poinsett Park State.


  • Alphabetical list – Emory Wendell Clark and Myron Clark Williams (1903-?), William Reeve Clark (?-1992), Classical American Homes Preservation Trust (2008-present), Richard Hampton Jenrette (1992-2008), Susan Frances Hampton and John Lawrence Manning (1839-?), William Richardson (?-1839), Mary Clark Thompson (1902-1903)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The house was built by Rhode Island's Nathaniel P. Potter. Potter also designed Susan Manning's brother, Wade Hampton III's, Millwood Plantation in Columbia.

  • The Greek Revival mansion is equally impressive inside and out. The walls are two-feet thick and constructed of handmade bricks which were fired on site. Imported materials were delivered via boat up the Santee River. Most of the original Duncan Phyfe furniture still remains in the house.

  • A remarkable coincidence appears to have saved Millford from the fiery end that destroyed many stately homes during the Civil War. The following story is reported on the website of the Classical American Homes Preservation Trust:
    On what turned out to be the final day of the War before Lee's surrender, Northern troops, under the command of Brig. General Edward Elmer Potter arrived at Millford. Gov. Manning met the Yankee General at the front door and observed: "Well, the house was built by a Potter (Nathaniel Potter, the architect) and it looks as though it will be destroyed by a Potter." General Potter responded: "No, you are protected. Nathaniel Potter was my brother."
    Docent Marguerite Wiegand shared a possible twist to this story with us. "When General Potter spared Millford he did not know that Governor Manning had a copy of the articles of secession in his desk. The story of Millford's survival might have ended quite differently had he known."

  • Servant quarters were small white stone houses built at the sides and back of the big house.

  • Other structures on the property include guesthouses, a 26-stall stable c. 1850, water tower, and a spring house.

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Contact Information

  • Classical American Homes Preservations Trust
    Millford Plantation
    7320 Millford Plantation Road
    Pinewood, SC 29125

    Telephone: 803-452-6194
    Website: Click here
    Tour Information: Click here

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