Badwell Plantation - Willington McCormick County South Carolina SC

Badwell Plantation – Willington – McCormick County

Basic Information

  • Location – Buffalo Creek (a branch of Little River), Willington, Abbeville District, McCormick County

    Original plantation lands were located off SC 28 on SC Secondary Road 61, about three miles north of the town of McCormick.

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Property is in the boundaries of the Sumter National Forest


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    Reverend Jean Louis Gibert owned Badwell. He was responsible for leading a group of French Huguenot immigrants to South Carolina in 1764.

  • ? – The plantation was eventually owned by the Reverend's grandson, James Louis Petigru.

    James was a diplomat who traveled around the world for the United States. On his travels he collected acorns which he planted in two rows along the borders of the long driveway to his home. The White Oak Avenue was just one of many improvements he made to the plantation (Neuffer, bk. 3, vol. 20, p. 36).

    Years later a paper company bought the land and cut down all these ancient oaks in favor of pine trees.

  • 1843 – Jane Petigru North was running the plantation for her brother while he attended to his law practice in Charleston (Correspondence, 1831-1848. Subseries 1.6.).

    Jane Petigru North led a solitary life at Badwell. Letters to her daughter and others address her efforts as a woman planter (Correspondence, 1849-1853. Subseries. 1.7.).

  • 1837 – William Pettigrew, father of Jane and James Louis, died at Badwell on January 23 (Pettigrew Family Tree).

  • 1863 – James Louis Petigru died March 9 in Charleston. He was buried in St Michael's churchyard. His sister, Jane, died November 5 and was buried at Badwell (Pettigrew Family Tree).

  • ?Joseph Blythe Allston acquired the plantation through the marriage of Mary North, a niece of James Louis Petigru.

  • 1920s – The plantation house was destroyed by fire (Neuffer, bk. 3, vol. 20, p. 36).

  • 2007 – The plantation lands are now in the boundaries of the Sumter National Forest. A springhouse is the only remaining structure. The family cemetery is intact but has been severely vandalized the last couple of years.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Alphabetical list – Joseph Blythe Allston; Reverend Jean Louis Gilbert; James Louis Petigru


  • Number of slaves – ?


References & Resources

  1. Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations From the Revolution Through the Civil War - Series J: Selections from the Southern Historical Collection - Part 2: The Pettigrew Family Papers

  2. Inventory of the Pettigrew Family Papers, 1776-1926: Collection Number 592

  3. Leaves from the Pettigrew Family Tree

  4. Badwell Cemetery Historical Marker

  5. Revival of Badwell Cemetery

  6. Who is buried in Badwell Cemetery and Pictures

  7. Inscription of grave of James Louis Petigru

  8. James Louis Petigru

  9. Joseph Blythe Allston

  10. Katherine H. Richardson, Pawleys Island Historically Speaking (Pawleys Island, SC: Pawleys Island Civic Association, 1995)
     Order Pawleys Island Historically Speaking

  11. 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

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

Contact Information

  • Long Cane Ranger District
    Sumter National Forest
    810 Buncombe Street
    Edgefield, SC 29824

    Telephone: 803-637-5396
    Website: Click here

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