Belle Isle Plantation Cat Island Georgetown County
- 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
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination Form - submitted in 1987 by J. Tracy Power - requires Adobe Reader
Photographs, architectural overview
- Information contributed by Elizabeth Carrington from:
Edward Ball, Slaves in the Family (New York, NY: Ballantine Books, 1998)
- Ball, John Sr. Estate ~ Inventory of Slaves - Lowcountry Africana
- Ball Family Slaveholders, 1698-1865 - Lowcountry Africana