Northampton Plantation - Lake Moultrie Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Northampton Plantation – Lake Moultrie – Berkeley County

Northampton Plantation 1940 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Northampton Plantation 1940 © Library of Congress —
(Prints & Photographs Division HABS SC,8-PINOP.V,1--1)

Basic Information

  • Location – Submerged under Lake Moultrie, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Berkeley County

    Plantation lands were originally located five miles west of present-day Bonneau.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – North Hampton

  • Current status – In 1939, work began on the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project. This project displaced many families and communities, and many historic homes were lost as the area was flooded.


  • Circa 1700 – Earliest known date of existence (6)

    Peter St. Julien acquired the property (6).

  • ? – It appears Peter St. Julien gave the property to his son Benjamin St. Julien (6).

  • 1716 – House built by Benjamin St. Julien (6).

  • ? – Benjamin St. Julien died without a will and Northampton reverted back to his father Peter St. Julien (6).

  • ? – Peter St. Julien passed away and left the plantation to his sister Elizabeth, who was married to General William Moultrie (6).

  • Circa 1805 – General Moultrie's son inherited the plantation (6).

  • ? – General Moultrie's son died at a young age, unmarried. The plantation was sold (6).

  • ? – Theodore S. DuBose purchased Northampton (6).

  • ? – Henry W. Ravenel bought the plantation from Theodore S. DuBose (6).

  • ? – The plantation was purchased by Henry Le Noble Stevens (6).

  • 1842 – The house caught fire and the upper story was destroyed. The "fortress-like walls" of the lower level and foundation were undamaged and the house was restored (6).

  • ? – Percival Ravenel Porcher, a St. Julien descendant, acquired the plantation (6).

  • ? – A. M. Barnes and Clarence Dillon purchased Northampton from Percival Ravenel Porcher (6).


  • Number of acres – 800

  • Primary crop – Cotton and indigo (6)


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. Northampton Historic Marker

  2. Diaries written at Northampton and Pooshee Plantations, 1865

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

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

  5. Norman S. Walsh, Plantations, Pineland Villages, Pinopolis and Its People (Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Company Publishers, 2007)
     Order Plantations, Pineland Villages, Pinopolis and Its People

  6. Information contributed by Ramona Grimsley, Digital Projects Librarian for Berkeley County Library, from:
    Sankofa's Slavery Data Collection

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