Evergreen Plantation - Anderson County South Carolina SC

Evergreen Plantation – Starr – Anderson County

Evergreen Plantation 2015 - Anderson County, South Carolina
— Evergreen Plantation © Vanessa Kauffmann, 2015 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Savannah Township, Starr, Anderson County

    4800 South Carolina Highway 187, Starr, SC 29684

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Earle Home

  • Current status – Privately-owned event site


  • 1828 – Earliest known date of existence

    In 1828, Samuel Girard Earle (1791-1848) purchased the property from Samuel Smith. He operated the land as a plantation and eventually built grist mills and a cotton gin (1). He also built a brick home located near a spring. His son, Julius Richard, was born here on September 11, 1929; the family later added a second floor made of wood.

  • 1848 – Samuel Girard Earle passed away and willed the plantation to his oldest living son, Elias John Earle. Elias lived on the plantation in a different house than his father's. Neither structure are still standing (1).

    Over the years the plantation's property was subdivided and sold (1).

  • 1920 – A house on the plantation, called Ingleside, was lost to fire (1).

  • 1923 – The house that currently stands on the property was built. It was originally knows as the Earle Home (1).

  • Late 1990s – Ryan Faulkenberry acquired the 40-acre plantation and restored the house (1).

Evergreen Plantation Farm 2015 - Anderson County, South Carolina
— Farm at Evergreen Plantation © Vanessa Kauffmann, 2015 —
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  • Number of acres – Several thousand in the mid-1800s (3); 40 acres in 2015

  • Primary crop – Cotton (1)


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. Evergreen Plantation - from SCIWAY with the following references:
    – Work Projects Administration, Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume XIV, South Carolina Narratives, Part 3 (A Public Domain Book)

    Historic Properties - Downtown Anderson organization

    Historical and Architectural Survey of Anderson County, South Carolina - PDF - National Register of Historic Places, p. 45

    The Harrisons of Greenville County, South Carolina - PDF

    – Louise Ayer Vandiver, Traditions and History of Anderson County

  2. Information contributed by Russ Burriss, a Earle family descendant, from:
    H.U. Earle, The Earles of Evergreen (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 1984)

  3. John Baylis Earle Family Cemetery Document

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