Hard's Plantation - Colleton County South Carolina SC

Hard's Plantation – Colleton County

Basic Information

  • 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

  1. 1860s letter by J.A. Sanders contributed by John Strobel: Click here

  2. 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

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