Spring Grove Plantation - Bonneau Berkeley County South Carolina SC

Spring Grove Plantation – Bonneau – Berkeley County

Spring Grove Plantation Avenue of Oaks 2014 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
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Basic Information

  • Location – Back River, Bonneau, Berkeley County

    Off Cypress Gardens Road, 2 miles due east of the town of Bonneau, on the western side of Wadboo Swamp (2, p. 213) (6)

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Dockton (6)

  • Current status – Residential housing development call Spring Grove (6).


  • 1706 – Earliest known date of existence (6)

    Land grant from the Lords Proprietors to John Barnwell (6)

  • ? – House built

  • 1727 – Joseph Wragg owned the property as part of his Dockton Plantation (6).

  • 1790 – René Peyre owned Spring Grove Plantation (5, p. 205).

  • 1793 – George Keckley had acquired a piece of Dockton and called his 1,406 acre plantation Spring Grove (6).

  • 1843 – William Bell purchased the plantation from the Keckley family. Bell also owned nearby Cypress Grove Plantation and Pine Grove Plantation (6).

  • ? – William Bell's son acquired the plantation.

  • 1860s – William Bell's son sold Spring Grove shortly after the Civil War (6).

  • ? – The E.P. Burton Lumber Company acquired Spring Grove Plantation (6).

  • ? – The Cooper River Mining & Manufacture Company was the plantation's next owner (6).

  • 1905 – Spring Grove Plantation was purchased by Pine Grove Hunting headed by E.W. Durant (3, p. 72).

  • Circa 1929 – The plantation was sold to a group of four men - Clarence Chapman, Mr. Frank, G.D.B. Bonbright, and Mr. Spears (3, p. 72).

  • 2003 – Pendley Homes owned the property and subdivided it for development as a housing complex (6).


  • Number of acres – 1,406 in 1793 (6)

  • Primary crop – Rice (6)


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. Virginia Christian Beach, Medway (Charleston, SC: Wyrick and Company, 1998)

  2. 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

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

  4. Catherine Campart Messmer, South Carolina's Low Country - A Past Preserved Text (Orangeburg, SC: Sandlapper Publishing, 1988)

  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 Gazie Nagle including details from historical marker erected in 2008.

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