Rocks Plantation Eutawville Orangeburg County
— Rocks Plantation • National Register of Historic Places, 1976 —
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- Location Santee River, Eutawville, St. John's Berkeley Parish, Orangeburg County
Original plantation lands were located seven miles northeast of the Town of Eutawville off SC 6.
The Rocks was originally in Berkeley County, but in 1908 the county lines were redrawn and the plantation became part of Orangeburg County.
- Origin of name Named for the large number of marl rocks located on the property
- Other names ?
- Current status Part of the property was lost when the area was flooded. The house no longer exists.
- 1732 Earliest known date of existence
Thomas Middleton was issued a grant for 500 acres (11, p. 125).
- 1745 Thomas Middleton died. In his will, Middleton stipulated the Rocks was to be sold after his death to pay for his debts (11, p. 126, 128).
- 1794 Peter Gaillard, Sr., known as Captain Peter, bought the property. Captain Gaillard was born on Wambaw Plantation (6, p. 14).
- 1799 Captain Peter Gaillard produced a very successful cotton crop. He averaged $340.00 per hand for his Santee long cotton (hybrid between Upland cotton and Sea Island cotton) (9, p. xxvii).
- 1803-1805 Peter Gaillard built a house on the property (4, p. 2).
- 1816 Captain Gaillard retired to Charleston (9, p. 111).
- 1832 Captain Peter Gaillard made his will. At this time, one of his sons (Samuel) had died so the plantation was to go to his daughter, Elizabeth.
- 1843 Captain Peter Gaillard died.
- 1907 Elizabeth (Samuel's daughter) and her husband, James Gaillard, Jr., sold the plantation to T.L. Connor.
T.L. Connor later gave the plantation to his son, J. Rutledge Connor.
- 1927 Plumbing and electricity were added to the house.
- 1942 The house at the Rocks was moved 1.6 miles to escape the flood waters of the Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project. The rest of the property was inundated (4, p. 3).
The house was established on a part of Belmont Plantation once the home of David Gaillard, a son of Captain Peter Gaillard.
- 1976 Part of the land that was not flooded was operated as Rocks Pond Campground. Several of the plantation's outbuildings were placed on logs and moved to this location prior to the flooding of 1942 (4, p. 3) (12).
- 1992 The house was destroyed by a fire.
— Barn from Rocks Plantation © Brandon Coffey, 2016 —
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- Number of acres 500 in 1732; 400 in 1745 (11, p. 125, 126).
- Primary crop Santee long cotton
- Number of slaves ?
We are actively seeking information on the slaves who lived and worked at this plantation. If you find a resource that might help, please fill out this form. Thank you.
Floor plan - rough sketch, 1940
Photograph of front - probably taken in 1939 or 1940
Photograph of back - probably taken in 1939 or 1940
References & Resources
- Waterman Report of 1939 - transcription - includes history of region, architectural analyses of homes
Rocks Plantation: Gaillard Family: Click here
Rocks Plantation House photographs, drawing: Click here
- Mrs. A.P. Leise Palmer Gaillard, The Rocks, (August 11, 1942)
- Will of Captain Peter Gaillard - scroll down
- National Register of Historic Places
Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1976. Removed from the National Register in March 2000 since house had been destroyed by fire.
Photographs, architectural overview
- 30-15 Plantation File, held by the South Carolina Historical Society
- J. Russell Cross, Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley (Columbia, SC: R.L. Bryan Company, 1985)
Order Historic Ramblin's through Berkeley
- Anne Sinkler Fishburne, Belvidere (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1949).
- Peter Gaillard Papers, 1811-1847. Located at the South Carolina Historical Society in File 1033.01.02
- Richard Porcher and Sarah Fick, The Story of Sea Island Cotton (Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith, 2005)
- SC Highway Historical Marker Guide - online database by the SC Department of Archives & History
- Beth Bland Engel, The Middleton Family
(Press of the Jesup Sentinel, 1972)
- Information contributed by photographer and historian Brandon Coffey.