Hard's Plantation Colleton County
- Location Horseshoe Creek (a branch of the Ashepoo River), St. Bartholomew's Parish, ACE Basin, Colleton County
Historically located at the Horse Shoe Bridge (1)
- Origin of name The plantation was named for early owner Benjamin French Hard (1)
- Other names ?
- Current status ?
- ? Earliest known date of existence
- ? House built
- 1825 Benjamin French Hard owned the plantation, however, he resided in the Ansonborough section of Charleston (1) (2).
- Prior to 1839 Benjamin French Hard sold Hard's Plantation to B. Stiles Rivers. Rivers owned the plantation until his death (1).
- Number of acres ?
- Primary crop ?
Ralph Ben Harper shares, "Benjamin French Hard is shown with 'Livery Stables' in Charleston. Given that only 10 slaves, 5 males and 5 females, lived at the plantation in 1830, it is possible that the plantation was more focused on transportation than farming" (2).
- Number of slaves 10, 5 males and 5 females, in 1830 (2)
References & Resources
- 1860s letter by J.A. Sanders contributed by John Strobel: Click here
- Information contributed from research by Ralph Ben Harper, whose third-great-grandfather was Hard's Plantation owner, Benjamin French Hard:
– F Benjamin Hard, United States Census, 1830
– Free Negro owners of slaves in the United States in 1830, together with Absentee ownership of slaves in the United States in 1830 - p. 64