Cotton Hall Plantation - Yemassee Beaufort County South Carolina SC - CottonHall

Cotton Hall Plantation – Yemassee – Beaufort County

Cotton Hall Plantation around 1970 - Beaufort County, South Carolina
— Cotton Hall Plantation © Prior Powers, Circa 1970 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Yemassee, Prince William Parish, Beaufort County

    Located on Cotton Hall Road off US 17

  • Origin of name – Named by Daniel Heyward, an early owner

  • Other names – Part of Tomotley Barony

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • 1777 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1784 – McPherson was owner (3, p. 51).

  • 1832 – Daniel Heyward purchased Cotton Hall (3, p. 51).

    It is believed the Heyward family built the original house on the property (3, p. 49).

  • 1865 – Original plantation house was burned by General Sherman's troops.

  • 1882 – Daniel Heyward conveyed Cotton Hall to his daughter Anne who was married to Charles F. Hanckel (3, p. 51).

  • 1883 – Anne sold the 997 acre property to Charles C. J. Hutson and George G. Martin (3, p. 51).

  • 1917 – Henry Rast bought the plantation and added an addition 372 acres that had been known as Laurium and another original McPherson holding (3, p. 51).

  • 1930 – John K. Hollins purchased a tract of 1797 acres which included Cotton Hall and Laurium (3, p. 51).

  • 1930 – Hollins sold the property the same year he acquired it to Harry Payne Bingham (3, p. 51).

    Bingham immediately begun construction on a 26-room house (3, p. 49).

  • 1946 – Bingham sold Cotton Hall and Laurium to L. J. Williams (3, p. 52).

  • 1948 – Cotton Hall and Laurium were sold by Williams to Harold W. Allen (3, p. 52).

  • 1959 – Robert (Ed) Edward Turner Jr. purchased the joint properties from Allen. In 1963, he committed suicide at nearby Bindon Plantation, which he also owned (3, p. 52).

  • ? – Ed Turner's son, Ted Turner, sold the plantation to Rural Land Company of Greenville, SC in an effort to secure his father's business entities (3, p. 125).

  • 1961 – Colonel Edmund D. and Dorothy Griffin purchased Cotton Hall Plantation (5).

  • 1971 – Lawrence and Sara Douglas purchased the property from Colonel Griffin (4).

  • 1981 – The Douglases sold Cotton Hall to Joseph Harden (4).


  • Number of acres – 997 in 1883; 1,797 in 1930; 800 in 2004

  • Primary crop – Rice in the 19th century. Corn, hay, sugar cane, and cattle today.


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • Plantation house, barn, several other small buildings

References & Resources

  1. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  2. Sankofa's Plantation Data Collection

  3. Robert B. Cuthbert and Stephen G. Hoffius, editors, Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of Chlotilde R. Martin (Columbia, SC: The University of South Carolina Press, 2009)

  4. Information contributed by Patricia Douglas, daughter-in-law of owners Lawrence and Sara Douglas (1971-1981).

  5. Information contributed by Noel D. Atherton who lived at Cotton Hall from 1969-1971 with her parents Robin Carrier and Col. Griffin.

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