Ocean View Plantation - James Island Charleston County South Carolina SC

Ocean View Plantation – James Island – Charleston County

Basic Information

  • Location – Clarks Sound, James Island, St. Andrews Parish, Charleston County

    Located off Fort Johnson Road in the Ocean View neighborhood.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1802 – Winborn Lawton purchased 95¾ acres from Gracia Rivers. In the sale it states that the land he purchased was part of the dower of Mary Rivers, Gracia's wife.

  • 1843 – Winborn Lawton appears to have sold the plantation to James M. Lawton either at this time or earlier. James M. Lawton mortgaged the plantation through Winborn Lawton.

    To read a copy of the mortgage agreement, click here.

  • 1859 – James M. Lawton sold the plantation to Ephriam M. Clark. Clark paid $12,000 for 368 acres.

    To read a copy of the deed, click here.

  • 1867 – Current home built


  • Number of acres – 95¾ in 1802; 368 in 1859

  • Primary crop – Sea island cotton


  • Alphabetical list – Ephraim M. Clark (1859-?); Captain William and Mary Davis; James M. Lawton (1843-1859); Winborn Lawton (1802-1843); Cecil Oswald; Gracia Rivers (?-1802)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • In the 1930s there was a corn crib and a dairy building on the property. There was also a cotton gin house at one time.

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