Zahara Plantation - Aiken, Aiken County South Carolina SC

Zahara Plantation – Aiken – Aiken County

Zahara Plantation 2016 - Aiken County, South Carolina
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Basic Information

  • Location – North of Aiken, Aiken County

    Intersection of Wire Road and New Bridge Road (1, p. 1)

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Richardson Place, Dawson-Vanderhorst House, New Bridge Farm (1, pp. 1-2)

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • 1785 – Earliest known date of existence (1, p. 3)

    Englishman Charles Richmond received a grant for 150 acres (1, p. 3).

  • Circa 1785-1800 – House built (1, p. 1)

    Soon after acquiring the property, Charles Richmond built a one and one-half story house constructed of cypress clapboard and is believed to be possibly be the oldest house in Aiken County (1, p. 2).

  • 1812 – Charles Richmond deeded the plantation to his wife Susannah (1, p. 3).

  • 1842 – Mrs. L.E. Aveile, from Charleston, purchased the plantation (1, p. 3).

  • ? – Another Charlestonian, author Sarah Rutledge, purchased Zahara as a gift for A.V. and Caroline Dawson (1, p. 3).

  • 1858 – The Dawson's daughter, Mary Huger Dawson, married famed botanist Henry Ravenel at the plantation (1, p. 3).

  • 1859 – Ann Vanderhorst purchased Zahara from the Dawsons with Henry Ravenel acting as the trustee (1, p. 3).

  • 1877 – James Powell purchased the plantation (1, p. 3).

  • 1901 – Zahara passed into the Richardson family who ran the plantation as a farm until 1976 (1, p. 3).

  • 1976 – The heirs of Claude Newman, a Richardson descendant, were owners of record (1, p. 1).

  • 1976 – Nancy Wilds purchased the property, which now goes by the name New Bridge Farm, and restored the house years later (2).


  • Number of acres – 150 in 1785; 5 in 1976 (1, pp. 1, 4)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – ?

Web Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Stephen Delaney Hale, Features Hint At House's History (Augusta, GA: The Augusta Chronicle, August 31, 1999)

  3. 1976 Photos - PDF

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