Ravenswood Plantation - Johns Island Charleston County South Carolina SC

Ravenswood Plantation – Johns Island – Charleston County

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Basic Information

  • Location – Stono River, Johns Island, St. John's Colleton Parish, Charleston County

    4667 Chisolm Road

  • Origin of name – By founder, John Raven Mathews

  • Other names – Raven's (2, pdf p. 169)

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Established by John Raven Mathews. John's son, John Raven Mathews Jr. served as governor of South Carolina 1782-1783 (2, pdf p. 169)

  • ? – House built

    A brick house was constructed at Ravenswood.

  • 1779 – Ravenswood was owned by Captain Benjamin Mathews, grandson of founder John Raven Mathews. In May, British troops captured Mathews and fellow American troops that had been camped at the plantation, burning the brick house to the ground (2, pdf pp. 171-173).

  • 1886 – Ravenswood was owned by the heirs of Kinsey Burden (2, pdf pp. 173).

  • 2009 – Charles T. Minshew was owner of record (5).

  • 2011 – Dannie Barteet lived at Ravenswood and was farming the property. There was a two bedroom / two bath cottage on the 55 acre property (3) (4).

  • 2016 – James and Carol Lynn Nelms were owners of record (5).


  • Number of acres – 1,025 historically; 55 acres in 2016 (4)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – 87


  • Slave cabins – 9

References & Resources

  1. Layton Wayne Jordan and Elizabeth H. Stringfellow, A Place Called St. John's (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1998)

  2. Information contributed by Mary Stakias, a descendant of Mr. John Raven Mathews, from:
    Eliza C. K. Fludd, Biographical Sketches Of The Huguenot Solomon Lagaré And Of His Family - large PDF, (Charleston, SC: Edward Perry & Co., Printers and Stationers, 1886)

  3. Teresa Taylor, Sod Farms Try To Outlast Housing Bust (Charleston, SC: The Post and Courier, May 10, 2011)

  4. Real Estate Listing

  5. Charleston County tax records.

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