Goodwill Plantation - Eastover Richland County South Carolina SC

Goodwill Plantation – Eastover – Richland County

Goodwill Plantation 1986 - Ricland County, South Carolina
— Goodwill Plantation • National Register of Historic Places, 1986 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

  • Location – Wateree River, Eastover, Richland County, Richland District

    Located southeast of the City of Columbia off US 378 on Goodwill Road

  • Origin of name – Named by Daniel Huger II, who bought 13 original 1760 colonial land grants to form the plantation

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned and on the market for $17.5 million in 2024 (9)


  • 1795 – Earliest known date of existence

    Daniel Huger II purchased and consolidated about 3,500 acres of unimproved land to form Goodwill. He began to construct a canal irrigation system to drain the land for agriculture (1, p. 2).

  • 1827 – Daniel Elliott Huger (son of Daniel Huger II) acquired Goodwill after his father's death. He continued to plant cotton and subsistence crops like his father (1, p. 2).

  • 1854 – Goodwill Plantation consisted of 7,465 acres (1, p. 3).

  • 1858 – Edward Barnwell Heyward purchased Goodwill from Daniel Elliott Huger. He continued to plant cotton but also grew sweet potatoes, peas, beans, and corn. During the Civil War Heyward sent his slaves from his other plantations to Goodwill to wait out the war (1, p. 3).

  • 1869 – George Wickes purchased the plantation. He operated a grist mill and a sawmill as well as produced some crops (1, p. 3).

  • 1874-1888 – Goodwill Plantation changed ownership many times (1, p. 4).

  • 1888 – P.T. Barnum purchased the plantation on October 18, 1888 for his granddaughter Julia H. Clarke. For the next six years, Goodwill was the winter home for Barnum's circus animals (8).

    Julia Clarke used convict labor to improve the property. Several tracts of the plantation's land were sold during the Clarke ownership (1, p. 4).

  • 1894 – Julia H. Clarke passed away on February 10, 1894, two months after giving birth to her second child (8).

  • 1910 – Samuel B. McMasters purchased the plantation. Under his ownership the plantation was used by tenant farmers, for timber production, and as a hunting and fishing preserve. Farming continued until the 1950s, and the grist mill ran until about 1944.

  • 1986 – Goodwill Stock Company was owner of record (1).

  • 1994 – Larry and wife Jerry Faulkenberry purchased the plantation with the intent to sell it. However, they fell in love with Goodwill and has been caretaking and restoring the plantation instead (3) (7) (9).

  • 2024 – The Faulkenberrys listed Goodwill Plantation for sale at $17.5 million (9).

Goodwill Plantation Slave Cabin 1986 - Ricland County, South Carolina
— Goodwill Plantation Slave Cabin • National Register of Historic Places, 1986 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Number of acres – 3,500 in 1795; 7,465 in 1854; 3,285 in 1986 (1, p. 1, 3)

  • Primary crop – Cotton, rice (7)


  • Chronological list – Daniel Huger II (1795-1827); Daniel Elliott Huger (1827-1858); Edward Barnwell Heyward (1858-?); George Wickes (1869-?); Julia Clark (1888-?); Samuel B. McMaster (1910-?); Goodwill Stock Company (1986); Larry Faulkenberry (Mid 1990s-present, 2013)


  • Number of slaves – Approxiamtely 976 during the Civil War (1, p. 3)

    Edward Barnwell Heyward sent his slaves from his other plantations to Goodwill to wait out the War. Other relatives sent their slaves to Goodwill as well (1, p. 3).


  • Several buildings that were constructed over the history of the plantation, remain on the property including overseer's house, mill building, slave cabins, blacksmith's shop, lodge and the main house (1, p. 2).

References & Resources

  1. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1986
    Photographs, architectural overview

  2. Heyward Family Papers, 1790-1893

  3. Slave Cabin Project Moves to the Privately-Owned Goodwill Plantation - Joseph McGill, a program officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, documents his overnight stay in a slave cabin at Goodwill Plantation in July 2010 - source no longer available online

  4. SC Highway Historical Marker Guide - online database by the SC Department of Archives & History - source no longer available online

  5. 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

  6. Richland County Conservation Commission Documentation

  7. Sammy Fretwell, Tour of Goodwill Plantation: High Bluffs, Deep Swamps and Gold (The State Newspaper: November 3, 2013) - source no longer available online

  8. Grover Rye, Goodwill Plantation, A Living History (Columbia Star: January 1, 2010)

  9. Cassidy Bayer, Goodwill estate, historic 1750 property, hits the market: A look inside (WLTX: May 14, 2024)

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