Adam Ivy Plantation - Lancaster County South Carolina SC

Adam Ivy Plantation – Van Wyck – Lancaster County

Adam Ivy Plantation Circa 1920 - Lancaster County, South Carolina
— Adam Ivy Plantation, Circa 1920 • National Register of Historic Places —

Basic Information

  • Location – Van Wyck, Lancaster County

    8603 Van Wyck Road

  • Origin of name – Named for founder, Adam Ivy

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned and operated as a special events venue (2)


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1849-1850 – House built

    Adam Ivy built the house that still stands today replacing a log cabin that had once been on the property. Family tradition claims Ivy's second wife helped finance the house with money from the sale of gold dust (1, p. 2).

  • 1888 – Ivy moved to Florida and sold the plantation to his step-daughter's son, Dr. James D. Nisbet (1, p. 2).

    Dr. Nisbet practiced medicine in New York City for 40 years. His mother and brother resided at Adam Ivy during this time (1, p. 2).

  • 1933 – Dr. Nisbet enjoyed his retirement dairy farming at his plantation home. Upon his death in this year, the house passed to his widow Beulah (1, p. 2).

  • 1960 – Beulah died this year and the house was empty for eight years until it was rented (2).

  • 1978 – Terry and Genie Graham purchased the property. Genie is a descendant of Dr. Nisbet (2).


  • Number of acres – 1,600 in 1850 (1, p. 2); 33 in 1978 (2)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Chronological list – Adam Ivy (?-1888); Dr. James D. Nisbet (1888-1933); Beulah Nisbet (1933-1960); Nisbet Family (1960-1978); Terry and Genie Graham (1978-present, 2012)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • Two-story Greek Revival house. There were additions and renovations to the structure in the 1920s (1).

  • The barns on the property were constructed in the 1920s by Dr. Nisbet (1).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1989
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. History of Ivy Place: Click here

Contact Information

  • Ivy Place
    8603 Van Wyck Road
    Lancaster, SC 29720

    Telephone: 704-651-3700
    Website: Click here

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