Oak Grove Plantation - St Matthews Calhoun County South Carolina SC

Oak Grove Plantation – St Matthews – Calhoun County

Oak Grove Plantation 1980 - Calhoun County, South Carolina
— Oak Grove Plantation • National Register of Historic Places, 1980 —

Basic Information

  • Location – St. Matthews, St. Matthews Parish, Calhoun County

    Original plantation lands were located off US 176 near intersection of SC Highway 6 approximately 2.5 miles west of St. Matthews.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – David Houser Home

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Andrew Houser, Jr. acquired the property and bequeathed it to his son, David Houser.

  • 1829 – House built (1, p. 2)

    David Houser constructed a two-story wood frame house. The house has been altered many times over the years (1, p. 2).

  • 1876 – David Houser died and left the plantation to his wife Ellen Vermelle Houser (1, p. 2-3).

  • 1930s – R. Waldo Banks, grandon of David Houser, owned Oak Grove (1, p. 2).

  • 1980 – David Houser Banks, Sr and Trustees of the Houser and Banks Cemetery owned Oak Grove Plantation (1, p. 5).

Oak Grove Plantation 2015 - Calhoun County, South Carolina
— Outbuilding at Oak Grove Plantation © Ann Helms, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Number of acres – 500 in early 1800s; 4,800 in 1860 (1, p. 3)

  • Primary crop – Corn, cotton, rice, sweet potatoes (1, p. 3)

  • The Houser and Banks Cemetery is located at the plantation (1, p. 5).


  • Number of slaves – 54 in 1860 (1, p. 3)

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1980
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Daniel Marchant Culler, Orangeburgh District, 1768-1868: History and Records (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, 1995), pp. 141-142.
     Order Orangeburgh District, 1768-1868: History and Records

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