Ruinville Plantation - Sandy Island Georgetown County South Carolina SC

Ruinville Plantation – Sandy Island – Georgetown County

Basic Information

  • Location – Waccamaw River, Sandy Island, All Saints Waccamaw Parish, Georgetown County

    Original plantation lands were located on Sandy Island and bordered Beaver Creek and the Waccamaw River.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – The island has remained undeveloped except for descendants of freed slaves that still live there. Accessible only by boat.


  • 1736 – Earliest known date of existence

    Captain Nathaniel Broughton received a land grant (2, p. 223).

    An alternate source indicates the original grant was issued to Nathaniel's brother Andrew Broughton in 1735 (3).

  • ? – After Nathaniel's death, it appears his son Alexander Broughton became the plantation's owner (2, p. 224) (3).

  • 1819 – Alexander's daughters Charlotte Broughton and Mary Broughton Motte sold the property to Joseph Percival LaBruce. A note of this transfer has been found on the original grant (2, p. 225) (3).

  • ? – House built

    It appears Joseph LaBruce built a house at Ruinville (2, p. 225).

  • 1827 – Joseph LaBruce died leaving a wife and three young children. Son Joshua Ward LaBruce inherited Ruinville when he became of age (2, p. 226).

  • After the Civil War, Sandy Island was no longer being farmed by white planters. Former slaves had developed a community on the island which was called by the name Ruinville (2, p. 226).


  • Number of acres – 566 acres in 1830 (2)

  • Primary crop – Rice (2, p. 226.)


  • Number of slaves – ?

    A 1830 plat shows there were slave cabins on the plantation (2, p. 226.)

References & Resources

  1. George C. Rogers, Jr., The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina (Spartanburg, SC: Reprint Company, 1990)
     Order The History of Georgetown County, South Carolina

  2. 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

  3. Information contributed by Nancy Hart Shepack, a LaBruce family descendant.

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