Singleton Plantation St. Matthews Calhoun County
- Location St. Matthews, Calhoun County
- Origin of name ?
- Other names ?
- Current status Privately owned
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- ? House built
- Circa 1880 Othniel Hydrick Wienges purchased the plantation from Angelica Singleton.
Angelica Singleton married President Martin Van Buren's oldest son Abraham in 1838. President Van Buren had been a widow since 1819 and asked his daughter-in-law to be his White House Hostess (4).
- The Wienges family added to the plantation's acerage growing it to about 4,000 acres at one point (1).
- ? Othniel Henry Wienges Sr. inherited the plantation from his father, Othniel Hydrick Wienges.
- ? Othniel Henry Wienges Jr. became owner.
- 1965 Tony award winning actress Viola Davis was born on August 11th at Singleton Plantation. Her family moved to Rhode Island when Viola was an infant (2).
- 1991 The red barn built by Othniel Hydrick Wienges in the early 1900s was used in the movie Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken (2).
- Number of acres 60 circa 1880; 2,600 in 2003; approximately 1,000 in 2012
Today, much of the land is leased out (2).
- Primary crop Cotton historically; horse breeding in modern times
- Number of slaves ?
- The former foreman's house is currently used as a guest house (1).
References & Resources
- Margaret N. O'Shea, Othniel Wienges, A Natural Judge of Horses - PDF, (Sandlapper: Summer 2003)
- Otis R. Taylor Jr., Best Actress Nominee Viola Davis has Roots in St. Matthews, (The State Newspaper: February 26, 2012)
- 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
- Information contributed by Brett McLaughlin – learn more about Angelica Singleton Van Buren here