Charing Cross Ferry Plantation - Georgetown Georgetown County South Carolina SC

Charing Cross Ferry Plantation – Georgetown
Georgetown County

Basic Information

  • Location – Black River, Georgetown, Prince George Winyah Parish, Georgetown County

    Located on Beneventum Road off US 701

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Pringle's Crossing

  • Current status – Became part of Beneventum Plantation in the early 1800s


  • 1733 – Earliest known date of existence (1, p. 461)

    James Lloyd had a tract of 734 acres surveyed (1, p. 461).

  • 1735 – Lloyd sold the property to Thomas Gadsden for £100. Gadsden owned adjoining property and had a total of 800 acres when he combined the two (1, p. 461).

  • 1741 – Thomas Gadsden died and his land was left to his son Christopher Gadsden (1, p. 461).

  • 1770 – Christopher Gadsden put his plantation, known as Charing Cross Ferry, up for sale (1, p. 461).

  • 1784 – It is unclear when Christopher Gadsden sold Charing Cross Ferry but at some point, brothers Cleland and Francis Kinloch acquired it and sold 200 acres of the plantation back to Christopher Gadsden (1, p. 461).

  • 1797 – The existing Black River ferry crossing was deemed too dangerous and was moved to Charing Cross Ferry Plantation (1, p. 462).

  • 1805 – Christopher Gadsden passed away (1, p. 462).

  • 1806 – John Julius Pringle purchased the plantation from the Gadsden estate and the river crossing became known as Pringle's Crossing (1, p. 462, 464).

  • Circa 1830 – After John Julius Pringle acquired The Grove Plantation, he merged it with Charing Cross Ferry Plantation and called the combined property Beneventum Plantation (1, p. 464).

    See Beneventum Plantation for further history.


  • Number of acres – 374 in 1733; 800 in 1735; 200 in 1784 (1, p. 461)

  • Primary crop – Rice


  • Number of slaves – 39 in 1805 (1, p. 462)

References & Resources

  1. Suzanne Cameron Linder and Marta Leslie Thacker, Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River (Columbia, SC: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 2001), pp. 459-464
     Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River

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