Woodville Plantation - McClellanville Charleston County South Carolina SC

Woodville Plantation – McClellanville – Charleston County

Basic Information

  • Location – South Santee River, McClellanville, St. James Santee Parish, Charleston County

    Original plantation lands were located off South Santee Road, southeast of Wedge Plantation Road.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – The original lands are part of the Wedge Plantation owned by the University of South Carolina.


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Land originally granted to John Boone. It later passed into possession of Thomas Lynch.

  • 1755 – Thomas Lynch conveyed 119 acres to David Deas (Bridges & Williams, p. 312).

  • ? – Elizabeth Deas inherited the property from her father. She married Thomas Middleton.

  • 1779 – Thomas Middleton died. His estate was divided between his wife and daughter. His daughter, Mary, received Woodville (Linder & Thacker, p. 745).

  • 1793 – James Shoolbred acquired the property through marriage to Mary Middleton (Bridges & Williams, p. 128).

  • 1847 – James Shoolbred wrote a will devising Woodville to his only son, Dr. John Gibbes Shoolbred (Linder & Thacker, p. 745).

  • 1860 – Dr. John Gibbes Shoolbred advertised his plantation for sale. It is not known when it actually sold, but the next owners of the place were William Lucas and his wife, Mary Rachel Doar Lucas (Linder & Thacker, p. 746).

  • 1886 – Woodville was sold to Frederich Shears (Linder & Thacker, p. 746).

  • 1887 – Thomas W. Graham bought the place from Frederich Shears on October 20. He planted rice there (Bridges & Williams, p. 310).

  • 1900 – The house burned from a fire started in the kitchen fireplace (Bridges & Williams, p. 312).

  • 1905 – Thomas W. Graham died without a will. The property went to his children (Linder & Thacker, p. 746).

  • 1922 – The heirs of Thomas W. Graham sold Woodville to Sea View Realty Company (Bridges & Williams, p. 310).

  • 1928 – Sea View Realty Company conveyed it to Jack D. Leasemann (Bridges & Williams, p. 310).

  • 1929 – Jack D. Leasemann sold to Gerry Chadwick. At the same time Chadwick also purchased neighboring Wedge and Palo Alto plantations (Linder & Thacker, p. 746).

  • 1966 – Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Dominick purchased Woodville which included Palo Alto and Wedge plantations. He also purchased Belleview Plantation, and called all of his property Wedge Plantation (Linder & Thacker, p. 746).

  • 1976 – Dr. Dominick died and the State of South Carolina purchased the Wedge. It became the University of South Carolina's International Center for Public Health Research. As of 2006 the Wedge is still owned by the University of South Carolina (Linder & Thacker, p. 742).


  • Number of acres – 119 in 1755

  • Primary crop – Rice


  • Alphabetical list – John Boone, Gerry Chadwick, David Deas, Dr. and Mrs. Richard B. Dominick, Thomas W. Graham, Jack D. Leasemann, William and Mary Rachel Doar Lucas, Thomas Lynch, Mary Middleton, Thomas and Elizabeth Deas Middleton, Sea View Realty Company, Frederich Shears, James Shoolbred, Dr. John Gibbes Shoolbred, University of South Carolina


  • Number of slaves – ?


Web Resources

Print Resources

  • Anne Baker Leland Bridges and Roy Williams III, St James Santee Plantation Parish History and Records, 1685-1925, (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, Publishers, 1997).

  • Suzanne Cameron Linder and Marta Leslie Thacker (with preliminary research by Agnes Leland Baldwin), Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River (Columbia: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2001).

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