Columns Plantation - Mars Bluff Florence County South Carolina SC

Columns Plantation – Mars Bluff – Florence County

Columns Plantation 2015 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Columns Plantation © Michael Mascari, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

  • Location – Mars Bluff, Florence County

    5001 Rankin Plantation Road

  • Origin of name –?

  • Other names – Rankin-Harwell House; the Harwell House at Rankin Plantation

  • Current status – Privately owned; available for special events and tours with prior reservation (3)

Columns Plantation Side 2015 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Side of Columns Plantation © Michael Mascari, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence when owned by William Rogers Johnson (1, p. 3)

  • 1857 – House built by Johnson using timber harvested from and brick manufactured on the plantation grounds (1, p. 3)

  • 1893 – Johnson lived at the Columns until his death in this year (1, p. 3).

  • 1974 – James Harwell was owner of record (1, p. 1).


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – Cotton, corn, tobacco (1, p. 2)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The 1857 house is still standing but not open on a regular basis. It features 22 tapered Doric columns made of brick (2).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1974
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. The Columns: Facebook page

  3. Information contributed by Michael Mascari.

  4. SCIWAY's South Carolina Picture Project: Rankin-Harwell House

Contact Information

  • The Columns Plantation
    5001 Rankin Plantation Road
    Florence, SC 29506

    Telephone: 843-662-6350
    Facebook page: Click here

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