Laurel Hill Plantation - McClellanville Charleston County South Carolina SC

Laurel Hill Plantation – McClellanville – Charleston County

Laurel Hill Plantation 1984 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Laurel Hill Plantation • National Register of Historic Places, 1984 —

Basic Information

  • Location – Harbor River, McClellanville, St. James Santee Parish, Charleston County

    Located at 8913 US 17 North, south of the Town of McClellanville

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – House no longer exists. A bed and breakfast is operated on the property.


  • 1850 – Earliest known date of existence

    Richard Tillia Morrison II purchased land from Joseph Legare.

  • 1851 – Morrison expanded the place by purchasing 1,000 acres from Samuel B. Jones (3, p. 266).

  • 1852 – Morrison built a house on the property to replace the existing one which was in ruins.

  • 1853 – Morrison purchased 688 acres from Richard Withers Shackelford to expand his property even further (3, p. 266).

  • 1853 – House built (1, p. 3)

    Morrison constructed a one-and-one-half story frame house (1, p. 3).

  • ? – During the Civil War, to make money, Morrison made salt from the seawater at Laurel Hill. Several other planters in the area did the same thing (3, p. 239).

  • 1870s – Morrison divided Laurel Hill Plantation into equal parts and gave the pieces to the nine children from his first marriage to Eliza Venning (1, p. 3).

  • 1950 – The plantation was sold out of the Morrison family.

  • 1983 – The house was moved to a marsh site on Doe Hall Plantation for restoration by Dr. Richard Leland Morrison III and his wife Jackie. It was destroyed September 21, 1989 by Hurricane Hugo (3, p. 268).

  • ? – Dr. Morrison and his wife, Jackie, began a bed and breakfast on the property.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – Rice, cotton, timber (2, p. 86)


  • Number of slaves – David Constantineau shares, "There is a small village library [in McClellanville] with a log of the names of the slaves and a list of purchases they made from the store the owner ran. There are 144 names in the log." (4)

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1984
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. William P. Baldwin Jr., Plantations of the Low Country (Westbrook, ME: Legacy Publishing, 1994)

  3. Anne Baker Leland Bridges and Roy Williams III, St. James Santee, Plantation Parish: History and Records, 1685-1925 (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1997)

  4. Information contributed by David Constantineau.

Contact Information

  • Laurel Hill Plantation Bed & Breakfast Inn
    PO Box 190 (8913 N Highway 17)
    McClellanville, SC 29458

    Telephone: 888-887-3708

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