Loch Dhu Plantation - Cross Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Loch Dhu Plantation – Cross – Berkeley County

Loch Dhu Plantation 2017 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
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Special thanks to Elizabeth Simons for providing much of the information on this page, including the pictures below, and exclaims Loch Dhu "was a magnificent place to grow up."

Basic Information

  • Location – Cross, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Berkeley County

    Located off SC 6 on Loch Dhu Lane

  • Origin of name – Loch Dhu gets her name from the Gaelic for black (Dhu) lake (Loch) which was a natural spring located near the house. The natural spring is now under Lake Marion but if you watch closely you can see movement in the water where the spring still flows. – Elizabeth Simons

    Loch Dhu is pronounced as lock (läk) dew (doo) (6)

  • Other names – Old Field, Markleys (5, p. 77)

  • Current status – Part of the property was submerged under Lake Marion. The plantation house still stands on the shores of the lake and is privately owned (4, VII: 1) (6).

Loch Dhu Plantation Porch 2017 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Porch at Loch Dhu Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2017 —
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  • 1749 – William Kirk received an enormous tract of land from the King of England (6).

  • 1812-1816 – House built by Robert James Kirk (1, p. 2) (6).

  • ? – Robert J. Kirk's son Philip C. Kirk would own Loch Dhu and continue to farm the land (1, p. 3) (6).

    Elizabeth Simons shares, "During the Civil War Loch Dhu was used as a hospital for the Confederate wounded. (Dr. Kirk, of Loch Dhu saw service in the Civil War as a surgeon in the Confederate Army.) Union troop came to burn the house, but the women caring for the soldiers refused to evacuate the house, thus saving it." (5, p. 78) (6)

  • 1927 – Henry Berkeley Kirk died and was the last of the Kirk family line to own Loch Dhu (6).

  • 1937 – Loch Dhu was purchased by Francis Kinloch Simons who also owned Lime Spring Plantation. Mr. Simons was a French Huguenot, descendant of Benjamin Simons of Middleburg Plantation, had purchased Loch Dhu for his son to farm (6).

  • 1977 – Francis Kinloch Simons was still owner of record (1, p. 1).

  • 1985 – Francis Kinloch Simons Jr and wife owned Loch Dhu. They restored the original part of the house and made Loch Dhu their home (5, p. 79).

  • 2010 – Current owner is Francis Kinloch Simons III, grandson of Francis Kinloch Simons (6).

    Elizabeth Simons tells, "Loch Dhu is definitely haunted. The family and many of their guests have heard the ghost walking up and down the upstairs halls. It sounds like a man with a heavy pace. It/he has also been heard on the upstairs part of the stairway."

Loch Dhu Plantation Doors 2017 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
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  • Number of acres – 810 acres in 1860

  • Primary crops – Cotton, Indian corn, sweet potatoes (1, p. 3) (6)


  • Alphabetical list – Couturies; Francis Kinloch Simons III (?-current); Henry Berkeley Kirk (?-1927); Philip C. Kirk; Robert James Kirk; William Kirk (1749-?); Porcher; Sidney; Francis Kinloch Simons (1937-?)

Loch Dhu Plantation Stairs 2017 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Porch Stairs at Loch Dhu Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2017 —
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  • Number of slaves – 47 in 1829 (1, p. 3)

    We are actively seeking information on the slaves who lived and worked at this plantation. If you find a resource that might help, please fill out this form. Thank you.

Loch Dhu Plantation 2017 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Loch Dhu Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2017 —
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  • Elizabeth Simons describes, "the house is four rooms over four and has two front doors. The hallway downstairs and one bedroom (we used it as a bedroom) downstairs have old oak flooring. Apparently, Loch Dhu was used as a barn for sometime and the floors in those two areas rotted. The rest of the house has the original heart of pine flooring (6).

  • Outbuildings included a barn that was moved from Pond Bluff Plantation (Francis Marion's home) on one side of the house, a smoke house, a chicken coop, and the original kitchen. All of these outbuildings, except the kitchen, have been lost in storms (6).
Loch Dhu Plantation Barn 2017 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Barn at Loch Dhu Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2017 —
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References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Old Field, Loch Dhu, and Mount Pleasant Plantations: Kirk Family: Click here

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

  6. Information contributed by Elizabeth G. Simons

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