Orange Grove Plantation - St Helena Island Beaufort County South Carolina SC

Orange Grove Plantation – St Helena Island – Beaufort County

Basic Information

  • Location – Wallace Creek (a branch of the Beaufort River), St. Helena Island, St. Helena Parish, Beaufort County

    Located off SC 113

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • 1753 – Earliest known date of existence when Peter Perry purchased 473 acres. (Contributed by Jillian Olson)

  • 1800 – House built

  • 1845 – Thomas Fuller Sr. sold 350 acres of Orange Grove to Edgar Fripp of neighboring Seaside Plantation (3, p. 424).

  • 1928 – Orange Grove was purchased by Henry L. Bowles. He tore down the original house and a new house was built in its place.


  • Number of acres – 473 in 1753; 5.7 in 2005

  • Primary crop – Indigo, cattle, sheep, hogs (Contributed by Jillian Olson)


  • Alphabetical list – Henry L. Bowles (1928); Fripp; Thomas Fuller Sr. (1845); Harwood; Peter Perry (1753-?)


  • Number of slaves – 46 under the ownership of Peter Perry (Contributed by Jillian Olson)


  • "A tabby hearth remains from a kitchen outbuilding (c. 1800) at Orange Grove Plantation. It is set very near the plantation cemetery, which is enclosed by a tabby wall" (2).

Web Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1989
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Elswick, Dan: Tabby in South Carolina: A Versatile Building Material - PDF - large file, see page 31

  3. Richard Porcher and Sarah Fick, The Story of Sea Island Cotton (Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2005)

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. N. Jane Iseley and William P. Baldwin, Lowcountry Plantations Today (Greensboro, NC: Legacy Publications 2001)

  7. 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

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