Singleton Plantation - Calhoun County South Carolina SC

Singleton Plantation – St. Matthews – Calhoun County

Basic Information


  • ? – 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

  1. Margaret N. O'Shea, Othniel Wienges, A Natural Judge of Horses - PDF, (Sandlapper: Summer 2003)

  2. Otis R. Taylor Jr., Best Actress Nominee Viola Davis has Roots in St. Matthews, (The State Newspaper: February 26, 2012)

  3. 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

  4. Information contributed by Brett McLaughlin – learn more about Angelica Singleton Van Buren here

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