Old Town Plantation - West Ashley Charleston County South Carolina SC

Old Town Plantation – West Ashley – Charleston County

Basic Information


  • 1670 – Home of the first permanent settlement in South Carolina

  • ? – House built

  • 1680 – Land was abandoned by the settlers. It was then granted to James LeSade. The LeSades family would also come to own nearby Westpenny Plantation (4).

  • ? – Peter LeSade gave 250 acres from Old Town Plantation and the 200 acres of Westpenny Plantation to his daughter Anne LeSade Girardeau (4).

  • 1940s to 1960 – Ferdinanda (Ferdie) Legare Waring operated a business called Old Town Gardens, growing flowers for commercial florists and marketing eggs.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Alphabetical list – Barbot (?); Beresford (?); Bradford (?); Cartwright (?); Anne LeSade Girardeau (?); Horry (?); Legare (?); James LeSade (1680); Lucas (?); Parker (?); Mrs. Joseph I. Waring (?)


  • Number of slaves – ?


References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1970
    Photographs, architectural overview

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

  3. Rosina Sottile Kennerty, Plantations on the South Side of Ashley River (Charleston, SC: The Nelson Printing Corporation, 1983)
     Order Plantations on the South Side of Ashley River

  4. Robert P. Stockton, Plantation's History Began with Land Grant in 1697 (Charleston, SC: Charleston Post & Courier)

Contact Information

  • Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site
    1500 Old Towne Road
    Charleston, SC 29407

    Telephone: 843-852-4200
    Website: Click here

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