Magnolia Umbra Plantation - Charleston Neck Charleston County South Carolina SC

Magnolia Umbra Plantation – Charleston Neck – Charleston County

Magnolia Umbra Plantation 2014 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Magnolia Umbra Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Cooper River, Charleston Neck, Charleston County

    Original plantation lands were located in and around Magnolia Cemetery off Meeting Street (US 52).

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – The majority of the land was donated for Magnolia Cemetery.


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Mrs. Lindrey was the plantation's first owner (2, p. 7).

  • 1790-1805 – A house was built on the property.

  • 1849 – The Magnolia Cemetery Company began looking for land to create a rural cemetery. They decided on the site of Magnolia Umbra Plantation. Ninety-two acres were conveyed to the company, and noted architect, Edward C. Jones, began to construct the cemetery. The original plantation house was still on the property (1, p. 3).

  • 1850 – On November 19 the cemetery was officially dedicated with a religious ceremony, music, and an address delivered by Charles Fraser, a Charleston miniaturist (1, p. 10).

  • 1920s – A small portion of the original 92 acres was sold and developed (1, p. 10).

Magnolia Umbra Plantation Cemetery 2014 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Magnolia Umbra Plantation, Magnolia Cemetery © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
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  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The plantation house is used as the office for Magnolia Cemetery (2, p. 7).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. John Beaufain Irving, A Day on Cooper River (1842) (Whitefish, MT: Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2010)

Contact Information

  • Magnolia Cemetery Trust
    70 Cunnington Avenue
    Charleston, SC 29405

    Telephone: 843-722-8638

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