Gregg Plantation - Mars Bluff Florence County South Carolina SC

Gregg Plantation – Mars Bluff – Florence County

Gregg Plantation 2014 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Gregg Plantation © James (Jim) Jenkins, 2014 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

  • Location – Mars Bluff, Florence County

    Wallace Drive

  • Origin of name – The Gregg family originally owned the property.

  • Other names – Gregg-Wallace; Wallace Hall; Wallace House

  • Current status – Some of the plantation's property is owned by Francis Marion University, including the house which serves as the president's home.


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • ? – John Gregg acquired the property.

  • 1836 – John Gregg gave the plantation to his son J. Eli Gregg (2) (4, p. 6).

    J. Eli's brother, Evander A. Gregg, owned neighboring Red Doe Plantation.

  • 1836 – House built by J. Eli Gregg (5).

  • 1890 – J. Eli Gregg's son Walter Gregg owned the plantation (4, p. 6).

  • Circa 1920 – Walter Gregg's daughter and son-in-law, Sallie Gregg Wallace and Joseph Wilds Wallace Sr., became owners (4, p. 6).

  • Early 1920s – The house was destroyed by fire (1, p. 5) (5).

  • 1924 – The Wallaces rebuilt the house (5).

  • 1960 – The Wallace family donated 100 acres including the house for the founding of the University of South Carolina at Florence. The house first provided classroom and meeting space (5).

  • 1970 – Francis Marion College was established on the same site with the house serving as the administration building (5).

  • 1983 – The house was renovated to serve as the residence for the school's president (5).

  • 1994 – The house became formally known as the Wallace House (5).

Gregg Plantation Slave Cabin 2014 - Florence County, South Carolina
— Gregg Plantation Slave Cabin © James (Jim) Jenkins, 2014 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Number of acres – 100 in 1960 (5)

  • Primary crop – Cotton (4, p. 6)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The plantation's first house, built in 1836, was lost to fire; the current structure was built in 1924 (5).

  • There were 8 slave cabins on the plantation in 1870. Some of these cabins were expanded into tenant farm houses throughout the first half of the 20th century. Two of the original hewn-timber slave cabins, circa 1831, still exist and have been moved to a different location on the campus of Francis Marion University (1) (4) (6).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form for slave cabins at Francis Marion University - PDF - submitted in 1974
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. 1839 Will of John Gregg

  3. Hewn-timber slave cabins - moved to different location at Francis Marion University

  4. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form for Gregg-Wallace Farm Tenant House - PDF - submitted in 2001
    Photographs, architectural overview

  5. Francis Marion University Campus Facilities

  6. 1870 Plat drawn for J. Eli Gregg

Contact Information

  • Francis Marion University
    4822 East Palmetto Street
    Florence, SC 29506

    Telephone: 800-368-7551
    Website: Click here

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