Belle Isle Plantation - Cat Island Georgetown County South Carolina SC

Belle Isle Plantation – Cat Island – Georgetown County

Basic Information

  • Location – Cat Island, Georgetown County

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Black Out (1, p. 3)

  • Current status – Was a hunting club and wildlife preserve in the late 1980s (1, p. 3)


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • ? – House built

  • ? – John Ball Sr acquired the plantation.

  • 1817 – John Ball Sr died and a slave inventory of his Belle Isle Plantation was made. Ball's will declared all his land holdings and most of the slaves were to be sold (3 and 4).

  • Circa 1819 – John Ball Jr. purchased the plantation for $20,000 (2, p. 260).

  • 1843 – John Ball Jr. passed away (4).

  • ? – Richard Henry Lowndes acquired the plantation (1, p. 3).

  • 1905 – Richard Henry Lowndes died and left Belle Isle to his son Richard I. Lowndes (1, p. 3).

  • Mid-1900s – Belle Isle Plantation was renamed Black Out (1, p. 3).

  • Mid-1900s – The property was being used a hunting club and wildlife preserve (1, p. 3).


  • Number of acres – 1,110 circa 1819 (2, p. 260)

  • Primary crop – Rice (1, p. 3)

    A rice chimney still exists on the property. It is one of seven that still remain in Georgetown County (1, p. 3).


  • Number of slaves – 44 in 1817 (3)

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination Form - submitted in 1987 by J. Tracy Power - requires Adobe Reader
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Information contributed by Elizabeth Carrington from:
    Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1998)

  3. Ball, John Sr. Estate ~ Inventory of Slaves - Lowcountry Africana

  4. Ball Family Slaveholders, 1698-1865 - Lowcountry Africana

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