Hamilton Ridge Plantation - Savannah River Garnett Hampton County South Carolina

Hamilton Ridge Plantation – Garnett – Hampton County

Hamilton Ridge Plantation 2016 - Hampton County, South Carolina
— Hamilton Ridge Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2016 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Savannah River, Garnett, Hampton County

    Augusta Stagecoach Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Designated as a managed land area by SCDNR

Hamilton Ridge Plantation Side 2016 - Hampton County, South Carolina
— Side of Hamilton Ridge Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2016 —
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  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • ? – Captain William Maner acquired Hamilton Ridge Plantation (4, p. 88).

  • Circa 1819 – Captain Maner died and the plantation fell first to his estate and then to his son, Samuel Maner, several years later, about 1827-1828 (4, pp. 88-89, 91).

  • Circa 1830 – House built (2)

    The two-story house is believed to date back to the 1830s and was still standing in 2016 (2).

  • 1832 – William M. Riley acquired the plantation from Samuel Maner (4, pp. 88-89).

  • 1847 or 1848 – Joseph Maner Lawton, Jr. bought Hamilton Ridge from Riley (1, X: 36) (4, pp. 88, 91).

  • ? – International Paper purchased the plantation (2).

  • 2006 – The state of South Carolina reached an agreement with International Paper to purchase the property. The property was transferred to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for management (2).

Hamilton Ridge Plantation Rear 2016 - Hampton County, South Carolina
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  • Number of acres – 13,281 acres, including 8.5 miles of frontage along the Savannah River, in 2016 (3)

  • Primary crop – Cotton (4, p. 89)


  • Number of slaves – 100+ in 1860 (1, X: 36)

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. Information contributed by Gazie Nagle from New Nature Sanctuary Rests Along Savannah by Michael M. DeWitt. Jr. (Augusta, GA: The Augusta Chronicle, March 8, 2007)

  3. Hamilton Ridge Wildlife Management Area: Click here

  4. Reports of Cases at Law and in Equity, Argued and Determined in the Court of Appeals and Court of Errors of South Carolina - Primary Source Edition (Columbia, SC: Nabu Press, 2013 - Reprint)

Contact Information

  • Hamilton Ridge Wildlife Management Area
    Augusta Stagecoach Road
    Garnett, SC 29922

    Telephone: 803-625-3569
    Website: Click here

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