Dantzler Plantation - Holly Hill Orangeburg County South Carolina SC

Dantzler Plantation – Holly Hill – Orangeburg County

Dantzler Plantation 2015 - Orangeburg County, South Carolina
— Dantzler Plantation © Mike Kullenberg, 2015 —
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Basic Information

  • Location – Holly Hill, Orangeburg County

    2755 Vance Road at Bass Drive - at the corner of US 15 and SC 210

  • Origin of name – Named for Dr. Lewis Dantzler

  • Other names – Four Hole; SunnySide House (1, p. 1)

  • Current status – Privately owned


  • 1787 – Earliest known date of existence

    Jacob Dantzler received a land grant (1, p. 8).

  • 1846 – Dr. Lewis Dantzler was issued a land grant for 703 acres that had been part of his relative Jacob Dantzler's grant (1, p. 8).

  • 1846-1849 – House built (1, p. 5)

    Dr. Lewis Dantzler had the two-story Greek Revival, raised cottage of frame construction built (1, p. 5)

    During the Civil War, a small band of Union soldiers approached the house. Upon seeing a Masonic emblem on the front door, they spared the house and its occupants. Dr. Dantzler was also known to treat both Confederate and Union soliders during the war. Blood stains on the upstairs pine floors from this period remain to this day (3).

  • 1878 – Dr. Lewis Dantzler died and left the plantation to his son, Irvin H. Dantzler (1, p. 8).

  • 1920 – Irvin H. Dantzler passed away and willed Dantzler Plantation to nephew, Frederick Connor Dantzler (1, p. 8).

  • 1930s – Blanch Dantzler, wife of Frederick, operated a popular travelers stop and boarding house called SunnySide House at Dantzler Plantation. Rates were $1.00 a night to sleep and 35 cents for a meal (1, p. 8) (3).

  • 1973 – Frederick Connor Dantzler's daughter, Doris Dantzler Henry, inherited the property when her father died (1, p. 8).

  • 1989 – Doris Dantzler Henry died and left the home to her husband Tom Henry (1, p. 8).

  • 2007 – Michael and Doris "Deedee" Dantzler Henry Kullenberg were owners of Dantzler Plantation. Deedee is the great-great-grand niece of Dr. Lewis Dantzler. The Kullenbergs lovingly restored the house (3).


  • Number of acres – 703 in 1846; 24.5 in 2007 (1)

  • Primary crop – Cotton (1, p. 8)


  • Number of slaves – 90 in 1860 (4)


  • The plantation house is still standing, however, no outbuildings survive.

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 2007
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Dantzler Plantation: More about National Historic Register

  3. Shirley Upton, A House of Love, (Orangeburg, SC: The Times and Democrat, April 29, 2007)

  4. 1860 Orangeburg County Slave Census Schedule

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