Mount Hope Plantation Waccamaw Neck Georgetown County
— Mount Hope (Whitehall) Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2015 —
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- Location Sampit River, Waccamaw Neck, Georgetown, Georgetown County
100 Whitehall Avenue
- Origin of name ?
- Other names Whitehall; Mayrant Property (3)
- Current status Privately owned
- 1711 Earliest known date of existence
The Lords Proprietors granted 48,000 acres to Landgrave Robert Daniell. The next day, Daniell sold 24,000 acres to Landgrave Thomas Smith, 12,000 acres of which were known as the Winyah Barony (2, p. 189) and (3).
- ? House built
- Prior to 1801 Peter Horry owned the property which had once been part of Winyah Barony (3).
- 1815 Peter Horry passed away and left the property to his wife Margaret Guignard Horry (3).
- 1817 Margaret Guignard Horry left the plantation to her niece Sarah Bay Mayrant in her will (3).
- 1868 William Mayrant Richardson, grandson of Sarah Bay Mayrant, inherited Mount Hope (3).
- 1888 William Mayrant Richardson passed away (3).
- 1894 Gardner B. Penniman purchased the plantation and his wife, Mary Johnstone Penniman, soon began landscaping the gardens (3).
- 1928 Mrs. Penniman's brother, Frank Johnstone, bought the property as well as neighboring Belle Isle Plantation (2, p. 565) (3).
- 1930 Frank Johnstone disassembled the old house at Belle Isle Plantation and used what materials were salvageable to build a house at Mount Hope. The house did have indoor plumbing but no electricity. The plantation became known as Whitehall at this time (3).
- 1935 William N. Beach purchased nearby Rice Hope Plantation in 1926 for use as a hunting preserve. Beach substantially increased the size of Rice Hope Plantation by purchasing several additional properties including part of Mount Hope (1, p. 493).
- 1989 The house was used for the filming of the movie Shag (3).
- 2000 The current owners (2015) purchased the property and have made many repairs and renovations to the house (3).
- Number of slaves ?
References & Resources
- George C. Rogers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina
- 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)
Order Historical Atlas of the Rice Plantations of Georgetown County and the Santee River
- Information contributed by Gazie Nagle from the 2015 guide of the Episcopal Church Women of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church Plantation Tour.