Rip Raps Plantation - Sumter County South Carolina SC

Rip Raps Plantation – – Sumter County

Basic Information

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

    Located east of the City of Sumter off US 378, near Dabbs Crossroads (intersection of US 378 and SC 527)

  • Origin of name – James McBride was once encamped on the banks of Rip Rap River in Virginia. The rain falling on his plantation home remined him of the sound of the river, so the plantation became known as Rip Raps.

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – ?


  • 1825 – Earliest known date of existence

    Granted to Peter Melet

  • ? – House built

  • The first house was built a half mile back from its present location on the edge of Black River Swamp. This house was later torn down.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Alphabetical list – James Bradley (1806), James McBride, Peter Melet (Mellette)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • It is believed that the material that was used in building the barn, which is still on the premises, was from the torn down house. In the barn is a curving staircase that was apparently a part of the home. Historical Sketches of Sumter County

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