Seabrook Plantation - Hilton Head Island Beaufort County South Carolina SC

Seabrook Plantation – Hilton Head Island – Beaufort County

Basic Information

  • Location – Skull Creek (a branch of the Chechessee River), Hilton Head Island, St Helena Parish, Beaufort County

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Skull Creek

  • Current status – ?


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Thomas Henry Barksdale accumulated 2,600 acres on the island that he called Skull Creek Plantation (2).

  • ? – House built

  • 1788 –Thomas Henry Barksdale died and Skull Creek Plantation was divided. Squire Pope purchased the western 1,000 acres and called it Cotton Hope (2).

  • Circa 1820 – William Seabrook purchased the eastern 1,600 acres of the former Skull Creek Plantation (2).

  • 1836 – William Seabrook died leaving a plantation to each of his children. Son James probably inherited Seabrook (2).

  • Circa 1870 – Like many plantations in South Carolina, Seabrook Plantation was confiscated after the Civil War due to outstanding taxes. James Seabrook tried unsuccessfully to reclaim ownership of the plantation (2).

  • 1873 – Seabrook was deeded to Robert C. McIntire. McIntire paid the plantation's taxes and promised James he would hold the plantation for him until James could repay the tax bill (2).

  • 1895 – Will Clyde purchased the plantation (2).

  • ? – Ray Rainey acquired Seabrook Plantation (2).

  • 1931 – Seabrook Plantation was purchased by Thorne and Loomis (2).


  • Number of acres – 2,600 when Skull Creek Plantation (2)

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – 80

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. Information on Seabrook Plantation posted by the Heritage Library Foundation of Hilton Head Island – click here

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