Great Plains Plantation - Greenville County South Carolina SC

Great Plains Plantation – Greenville – Greenville County

Basic Information


  • Circa 1770 – Earliest known date of existence

    Richard Pearis was a trader with the Cherokee Indians and acquired 100 acres from the tribe in what is now downtown Greenville (2).

  • Circa 1770 – House built by Richard Pearis (2)

    Pearis set-up a trading post and grist mill at Great Plains Plantation (2).

  • Circa 1775 – Pearis was a prominent Tory during the Revolutionary War which lead to his plantation being burned by Patriots (3).

  • 1781 – All of Pearis' landholdings were seized by the state of South Carolina (2).

  • ? – William and Mary Whitlock Jones called Great Plains Plantation home (4).


  • Number of acres – 100 about 1770 (2)

  • Primary crop – Grains (2)


  • Chronological list – Richard Pearis (Circa 1770-1781); State of South Carolina (1781-?); William and Mary Whitlock Jones


  • Number of slaves – 12 in 1770 (2)


  • No plantation structures remain

References & Resources

  1. Claude Henry Neuffer, editor, Names in South Carolina, Volume I through 30 (Columbia, SC: The State Printing Company)
     Order Names in South Carolina, Volumes I-XII, 1954-1965
     Order Names in South Carolina, Index XIII-XVIII

  2. Cathleen Gallagher, Historically Speaking: The History of Paris Mountain - source no longer available online

  3. SC Highway Historical Marker Guide - online database by the SC Department of Archives & History

  4. Information contributed by Ed Nelson

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