Exeter Plantation - Moncks Corner Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Exeter Plantation – Moncks Corner – Berkeley County

Exeter Plantation 1938 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Exeter Plantation 1938 © Library of Congress —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Western branch of the Cooper River, Moncks Corner, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Berkeley County

    Located on Old US 52 on Exeter Plantation Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Berkeley Country Club and subdivisions


  • 1678 – Earliest known date of existence

    Sir Peter Colleton received a land grant of 12,000 acres. The property became known as the Fairlawn Barony.

  • 1726 – A tract of land from the Barony, known as Exeter, was leased to Hugh Butler by Sir John Colleton (son of Sir Peter) (1).

  • 1726-1738 – House was built

    Hugh Butler built a house on Exeter. The house did not belong to him since he built on leased lands (1).

  • 1749 – Sir John Colleton died and left Exeter to his minor son, John Colleton (1).

  • 1767 – John Colleton (grandson of Sir Peter) sold 988 acres known as Exeter to Mary Broughton (5, p. 109).

  • 1842 – T.O. Dawson owned the plantation (5, p. 35).

  • 1845 – Dr. Jacob Rhett Motte purchased Exeter (8, p. 82)

  • 1868 – Dr. Motte died of Typhoid Fever at Exeter (9)

  • 1902 – Jadon Solomon Jones, Sr. bought the plantation from the Motte estate (1).

    NOTE: There are conflicting resources in regards of which party Mr. Jones purchased the plantation from. Please let us know if you have documentation regarding this transaction.

  • ? – Mr. J.W. Jones owned the plantation (1).

  • ? – Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Jones were the next owners of Exeter (1).

  • 1959 – Berkeley Country Club with 9-hole golf course was formed when the property was purchased from the Jones family (10)

  • 1967 – The plantation house was lost in a fire (10)


  • Number of acres – 12,000 in 1678; 988 in 1767

  • Primary crop – ?

  • Grave stones of the Exeter Plantation cemetery can still be seen today on the golf course


  • Alphabetical list – Berkeley Country Club (1959-present, 2012); Mary Broughton (1767); John Colleton (1749-1767); Sir John Colleton (?-1749); Sir Peter Colleton (1678); T.O. Dawson (1842); Graves; Charles A. Jones (?-1959); J.S. Jones Sr. (1902-?); J. W. Jones; Mazyck; Morris; Dr. Jacob Rhett Motte (1845-1868); M.J. Motte; Simons


  • Number of slaves – 12 in 1848; 51 in 1859; 57 in 1865 (8, p. 82, 87)


  • Plantation house was lost in a fire in 1967 (10)

  • Picture of Exeter Plantation house: Click Here

References & Resources

  1. Exeter Plantation: Butler and Colleton Families: Click Here

  2. J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
     Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley

  3. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  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. John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842) (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)

  6. Samuel Gaillard Stoney, Plantations of the Carolina Low Country (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1990)

  7. Suzanne Cameron Linder, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860 (Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1995)
     Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of the ACE River Basin - 1860

  8. Larry E. Hudson, To Have and to Hold: Slave Work and Family Life in Antebellum South Carolina (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1997)

  9. Dr. Jacob Rhett Motte: Click Here

  10. Berkeley Country Club History: Click Here

  11. Information contributed by Bob Manning whose great-grandfather, Jadon Solomon Jones, at one time owned the plantation.
Contact Information
  • Berkeley Country Club
    772 Exeter Plantation Road
    Moncks Corner, SC 29461

    Telephone: 843-761-5871
    Website: Click here

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