Cassina Point Plantation - Edisto Island Charleston County South Carolina SC

Cassina Point Plantation – Edisto Island – Charleston County

Cassina Point Plantation 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Cassina Point Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

  • Location – North Edisto River, Edisto Island, St. John's Colleton Parish, Charleston County

    1847 Olde Cassina Point

  • Origin of name – The plantation was named for the cassina bush which is plentiful on Edisto Island and from which a tea was made (1, p. 2).

  • Other names – Hopkinson House

  • Current status – Privately owned and operated as a special events venue

Cassina Point Plantation Sweet Potato Field 1862 - Berkeley County, South Carolina
— Sweet Potato Harvest at Cassina Point Plantation 1862 © Library of Congress —
(Prints & Photographs Division LOT 14024, no. 102)


  • 1835 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1847-48 – House built by James and Carolina Seabrook Lafayette Hopkinson (1, p. 2).

  • ? – Cassina Point's land and house were occupied during the Civil War. One of the units taking up residence was the Third New Hampshire Regiment (1, p. 2).

  • 1983 – Cassina Point Plantation remained in the hands of Hopkinson descendants until this year (5).

  • 1987 – Bruce and Tecla Earnshaw bought the house plus a part of the plantation's acreage. They opened their home and ran it as a bed and breakfast until the mid-1990s (5).

  • 2011 – Cassina Point Plantation began being operated as a special events venue (5).


  • Number of acres – 4 in 1986 (1, p. 2)

  • Primary crop – Sea island cotton (1, p. 2)

Cassina Point Plantation Lawn 2009 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Cassina Point Plantation Lawn © Brandon Coffey, 2009 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1986
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

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

  5. Brief history: Click here and scoll down

Cassina Point Plantation 2015 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Cassina Point Plantation © Darrell Parker, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Contact Information
  • Cassina Point Plantation
    1847 Olde Cassina Point
    Edisto Island, SC 29438

    Telephone: 843-869-2535
    Website: Click here

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