Old Fort Plantation Beaufort Beaufort County
- Location Beaufort, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort County
5 Miles from Beaufort (1, V: 8)
- Origin of name Named after the tabby ruins of a structure known as Spanish Fort (1, V: 8)
- Other names Smith's
- Current status ?
- 1785 Earliest known date of existence
- ? House built
House built by Captain John Joyner Smith (1, V: 8).
- 1860 John J. Smith owned the plantation (4).
- 1861 Union troops occupied the property (1, V: 8).
- 1864-1866 The plantation was used as a 'contraband school' to educate escaped slaves by the Union (1, V: 8).
- Number of acres 700 in 1850
- Primary crop Sea island cotton
- Alphabetical list John Joyner, John Joyner Smith
- Number of slaves 131 in 1860 (4)
- John Joyner Smith built a mission church on his plantation for the slaves (3, p. 358).
References & Resources
- 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
- News & Courier Newspaper (predecessor to the Charleston Post & Courier) February 26, 1933 issue reprint of Free South April 4, 1863 listing of St. Helena Island plantation sales prior to the Civil War
- Lawrence S. Rowland, Alexander Moore, and George C. Rogers, Jr. The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina: Volume 1, 1514-1861 (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1996)
Order The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina: Volume 1, 1514-1861
- Information contributed by Kate Eakman from Ancestry.com.