Summerland Plantation - Beaufort County South Carolina SC

Summerland Plantation – Okatie – Beaufort County

Summerland Plantation 2015 - Beaufort County, South Carolina
— Summerland Plantation © Jeremy Spencer, 2015 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Okatie, Beaufort County

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned

Summerland Plantation Side 2015 - Beaufort County, South Carolina
— Side of Summerland Plantation © Jeremy Spencer, 2015 —
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  • 1860 – Earliest known date of existence

    Summerland Plantation was established by Edward W. Sanders. A 1862 plat drawn for Sanders describes the plantation as being, "Situated in Beaufort County in St. Lukes and St. Peters Parishes on headwaters of Ockitee Creek and New River ..." The plantation has remained in the Sanders family for generations (1) (3).

  • Circa 1860-1862 – House built (1) (3)

    Edward W. Sanders married Jane Augusta Eikerenkoetter of Grahamville, SC about 1860 and built the house for her as a wedding gift according to the Sanders family tradition (3).

    Over the last 100 years, the only alterations to the house have been to keep it structurally healthy (1).

  • During the Civil War, the plantation was occupied by Sherman and Union troops for a period of time. The Sanders family was able to reclaim the plantation after the war (1).

  • 2010 – 47 acres of Summerland Plantation were placed under a conservation trust. Wilson Sanders was owner (2).


  • Number of acres – 5,610 acres in 1862 (3)

  • Primary crop – ?

Summerland Plantation Rear 2015 - Beaufort County, South Carolina
— Rear of Summerland Plantation © Jeremy Spencer, 2015 —
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  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. Information contributed by Jeremy Spencer

  2. Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer, Beaufort County Open Land Trust Celebrates 40 Years, (Hilton Head, SC: The Island News, April 21, 2011)

  3. Information contributed by owner Wilson Sanders whose great-grandfather, Edward W. Sanders, built the house and founded Summerland Plantation.

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