Tall Oaks Plantation - Bishopville Lee County South Carolina SC

Tall Oaks Plantation – Bishopville – Lee County

Tall Oaks Plantation 1981 - Lee County, South Carolina
— Tall Oaks Plantation • National Register of Historic Places, 1981 —

Basic Information

  • Location – Bishopville, Lee County

    811 West Church Street / SC Highway 341

  • Origin of name – Dr. John Edward Dennis named the plantation Tall Oaks when he constructed the house near many large oak trees (1, p. 1)

  • Other names – S. McLendon House (1, p. 1)

  • Current status – ?

Tall Oaks Plantation Kitchen 1981 - Lee County, South Carolina
— Kitchen Building of Tall Oaks Plantation —
— National Register of Historic Places, 1981 —


  • Circa 1830s – Earliest known date of existence (1, p. 1)

    Dr. John Edward Dennis acquired property north of Bishopville and began farming (1, p. 1).

  • Circa 1847 – House built (2)

    The two-story vernacular Greek Revival house was constructed by Dr. Dennis. As of 2015, the original brick kitchen building was still standing (1, p. 1) (2).

  • 1855 – Dr. Dennis passed away; his wife, Adeline Muldraw Dennis, and son, Dr. Robert E. Dennis, took over management of the plantation (1, p. 2).

  • 1904 – Dr. Robert E. Dennis lived at Tall Oaks until his death in this year. The plantation was then sold to the Lane family (1, p. 2).

  • Early 1940s – The Lane family sold Tall Oaks to the McLendon family (1, p. 2).

  • 1981 – Sherian K. McLendon was the owner of Tall Oaks (1, p. 1).

  • 2017 – As of January 2017 the plantation house was for sale with an asking price of $350,000. In May 2017, the price had dropped to $290,000 (2).


  • Number of acres – 4.1 acres in 2015 (1, p. 2) (2)

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. Information contributed by Cyndi Shull from:
    National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1981
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Information contributed by Cyndi Shull from:
    Real Estate Listing - 2015

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