The Columns Plantation - Liberty Hill Kershaw County South Carolina SC

The Columns Plantation – Liberty Hill – Kershaw County

The Columns Plantation 1978 - Kershaw County, South Carolina
— The Columns Plantation • National Register of Historic Places, 1978 —

Basic Information

  • Location – Liberty Hill, Kershaw County

    4211 John G Richards Road, Westville, 29175

  • Origin of name – Probably for the two porches lined with large fluted columns

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    James Shropshire Thompson acquired the property (1).

  • 1850-1854 – House built (1)

    James Shropshire Thompson hired noted architect Robert Hamilton to design the 6,000 square foot house that would be constructed of large kiln-drived timbers. Hamilton and the builders felt the framework timbers should settle before the interior of the house was constructed so that is why the house took four years to build (1).

  • 1992 – Seven generations of the Thompson family have grown-up at The Columns. James A. Thompson Jr., the great-great-grandson of the plantation's founder became owner in the year following his father James A. Thompson (1).

  • 2015 –The Columns was for sale with an asking price of $1.1 million (1).


  • Number of acres – 25 in 2015 (1)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. Information contributed by Cyndi Shull from:
    Real estate listing - Garden & Gun Land

  2. Real estate listing - Addison Realty Advisors - includes pictures of house

  3. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form for Liberty Hill Historic District - PDF - submitted in 1978
    Photographs, architectural overview

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