Marshlands Plantation - North Charleston Charleston County South Carolina SC

Marshlands Plantation – North Charleston – Charleston County

Marshlands Plantation 1962 - Charleston County, South Carolina
—Marshlands Plantation, Library of Congress, 1962 —
Prints & Photographs Division HABS SC,10-CHAR.V,6-1

Basic Information

Marshlands Plantation House 2008 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Marshlands Plantation House © Brandon Coffey, 2008 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • 1682-83 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1810 – House built by John Ball

  • 1819 – The original 213 acres tract was sold to Nathaniel Heyward. He owned numerous lowcountry plantations (1, p. 3).

  • 1861-1865 – During the Civil War, Union soldiers used Marshlands as headquarters for the United States Sanitary Commission.

  • 1940s – House was restored

  • 1961 – The house was loaded intact aboard a barge and floated from its site within the bounds of the Naval Base to James Island.

Marshlands Plantation Rear of House 2008 - Charleston County, South Carolina
— Reaf of Marshlands Plantation House © Brandon Coffey, 2008 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Number of acres – 30 in 1683; 822 in 1806; 213 in 1819

  • Primary crop – Rice (1, p. 3)


  • Alphabetical list – John Ball; College of Charleston; Paul Grimball; Nathaniel Heyward; Cecilia Lawton; Charles and Elizabeth Manigault; South Carolina Marine Resources Center; United States Government; John Wragg; Joseph Wragg


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The clapboard house with a brick foundation was constructed in 1810. In 1961, it was moved to James Island (1, p. 2).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1972
    Photographs, architectural overview

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

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

  4. 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

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

  6. Caption on map of plantations along the Santee River in Upper St. John's Parish, SC 1865

  7. Michael J. Heitzler, Goose Creek: A Definitive History - Volume One: Planters, Politicians and Patriots (Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2005)

Contact Information

  • Hollings Marine Laboratory (location of house)
    331 Fort Johnson Road
    Charleston, SC 29412

    Telephone: 843-762-8811
    Website: Click here

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