Gilder Plantation - Greenville County South Carolina SC

Gilder Plantation – Simpsonville – Greenville County

Basic Information

  • Location – Simpsonville, Greenville County

    Near intersection of Highway 14 and Bethel Road

  • Origin of name – Named for Gilder Creek that runs through the property (3)

  • Other names – Austin

  • Current status – Land has been subdivided over the years with the bulk of acreage being developed as a subdivision with golf course, and country club. The plantation house is still standing and has continuously remained privately owned by the Austin family.


  • 1769 – Earliest known date of existence when Nathaniel Austin, Sr. was awarded a Royal Grant for 500 acres on the Little River (which would become known as ) (1).

  • Circa 1774 – House built. The family moved to Gilder in 1774 (1).

  • 1786 – A larger house was built to accommodate the growing family (2).

  • 1830 – A third house, that still exists, was built by William and Jane Collins Austin (2).

  • ? – Col. and Mrs. William Renwick Austin II became owners of the plantation (1).


  • Number of acres – 500 in 1769 (1)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Chronological list – Nathaniel Austin, Sr. (1769-1798), William and Jane Collins Austin, Col. and Mrs. William Renwick Austin II


  • Number of slaves – 8 in 1790, 9 in 1841 (1)


  • The first Gilder house was built about 1774 and was a two-story log house (1).

  • Gilder II, as the family called the second house, was built about 1783 to accommodate the growing Austin family. It remained standing until about 1920 (1).

  • Gilder III, which is still standing, was built in 1830 by William and Jane Collins Austin (2).

References & Resources

  1. Nathaniel Austin

  2. Gilder Marker: Click here

  3. Information contributed by Brenda Austin Mason

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