Hickory Hill Plantation - Clarendon County South Carolina SC

Hickory Hill Plantation – Clarendon County

Basic Information

  • Location – St. James Santee Parish, Clarendon County

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – ?


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    John Peter Richardson was the plantation's original owner. His son, also called John Peter Richardson, was born at the plantation in 1801 and served as governor of South Carolina 1840-1842.

  • ? – House built

  • ? – John William B. Gardner acquired Hickory Hill Plantation. A 1848 plat notes he was owner which contained 1,708 acres (2).

  • 1850 – John William B. Gardner sold a portion of the plantation on May 13 to Benjamin Fort (2).

  • 1863 – Benjamin Fort sold his property to Martha Gardner on June 15 (2).

  • 1869 – Martha Gardner sold 100 acres on November 25 to Mary Jane Sullivan (2).

  • 1898 – W.P. Gardner sold part of his tract (the section John William B. Gardener hadn't sold in 1850) to Z.B. Salter and J.O. Sullivan, trustees for the Jerusalem School (2).

  • Mid-1900s – Irvine Furman Belser owned Hickory Hill Plantation. During his ownership the property was farmed by sharecroppers and tenant farmers (3).


  • Number of acres – 1,708 in 1848 (2)

  • Primary crop – Cotton (3)


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. 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

  2. Information contributed by John Strobel from: Hickory Hill Title Abstract, 1902

  3. Irvine Furman Belser papers, 1877-1969 - WorldCat

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