Oakley Park Plantation - Edgefield Edgefield County South Carolina SC

Oakley Park Plantation – Edgefield – Edgefield County

Basic Information

  • Location – Edgefield County

    Located at 300 Columbia Road off US 25

  • Origin of name – Named for the oak trees on the land

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Open to the public for tours


  • 1835 – Earliest known date of existence

    Daniel Bird, owner of the property, built a house (2, bk. 1, vol. 11, p. 25).

  • ? – Sometime after the Civil War General Martin Witherspoon Gary owned the plantation.

    He vowed never to surrender to the Union and became instrumental in the formation of the Red Shirts (2, bk. 1, vol. 11, p. 25).

  • ? – Miss Mary Evans was in possession of the house. At the time of her death, her brother, Governor John Gary Evans, bought the house.

  • 1941 – Governor Evans presented Oakley Park with 40 acres to the Town of Edgefield. The deed stipulated that "Oakley Park" was to be a memorial to Martin Witherspoon Gary and was to be taken care of by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (2, bk. 1, vol. 11, p. 25).

    The house is open to the public for tours.


  • Number of acres – 40 in 1941

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – ?


References & Resources

  1. 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society

  2. 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

Contact Information

  • Oakley Park Museum
    300 Columbia Road
    Edgefield, SC 29824

    Telephone: 803-637-4027
    Website: Click here

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