Moreland Plantation - Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Moreland Plantation – Berkeley County

Basic Information

  • Location – Cooper River, Berkeley County

    Located west of Cainhoy Road on Moreland Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Brickyard

  • Current status – ?


  • 1701 – Earliest known date of existence (4, p. 29)

    Thomas Lynch received a grant for 500 acres (4, p. 29).

  • ? – House built

  • 1711 – Lynch sold the 500 acre tract, plus other adjacent tracts, to Jeremiah Russell (4, p. 29).

  • ? – It seems the property passed after Jeremiah Russell's death to Mary Russell, who may have been either his daughter or daughter-in-law. Mary Russell would marry James Deveaux (4, p. 29).

  • ? – Mary Russell Deveaux's will left the property to her three children, John Deveaux, Andrew Deveaux, and Mary Deveaux Roddam (4, p. 29).

  • Prior to 1786 – John Huger purchased the 1,386 tract from Deveaux sibblings (4, p. 30).

  • 1804 – John Huger died and his property was divided between his children. Son Alfred Huger inherited this tract which was at that time called Moreland Plantation (4, p. 30).

  • 1819 – Col. John Gordon purchased Moreland from Alfred Huger and became a very well known brick manufacturer at both Moreland and neighboring Pagett's Landing Plantation which he purchased in 1828. It was under Gordon's ownership that the plantation became known as Brickyard (1, p. 69) (3, p. 59) (4, p. 30).

  • 1835 – Col. John Gordon died and his plantations became owned by his widow Jane Burgess Gordon (4, p. 143).

  • 1840 – Former South Carolina Governor Thomas Bennett, Jr. married Jane Burgess Gordon and Moreland Plantation became under his ownership (4, p. 30).

  • 1852 – Dr. Edmund Ravenel purchased Moreland Plantation from Gov. Bennett. This same year, Dr. Ravenel also bought Pagett's Landing from Bennett as well as the bulk of Brabant Plantation (1, p. 69) (4, p. 30).


  • Number of acres – 500 in 1701 (4, p. 29)

  • Primary crop – Brick manufacturing (1, p. 69) (2, p. 345) (3, p. 59).


  • Number of slaves – 147 in 1835 (2, p. 345)

References & Resources

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

  2. Maurie D. McInnis, The Politics of Taste in Antebellum Charleston(Chapel Hill, NC: R.L. UNC Press Books, 2015)

  3. Lucy B. Wayne, Burning Brick: A Study of a Lowcountry Industry (Gainesville, Fl: 1992 University of Florida Dissertation)

  4. Henry A. M. Smith, South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine (January 1917 edition)

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