Woodlands Plantation - Richland County South Carolina SC

Woodlands Plantation – Columbia – Richland County

Woodlands Plantation - Richland County, South Carolina
— Woodlands Plantation • National Register of Historic Places —

Basic Information

  • Location – Columbia, Richland County

    409 Old Woodlands Road

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Old Woodlands

  • Current status – Most of the land has been subdivided into commercial and residential pieces. The house built in 1896 remains.

Woodlands Plantation Interior - Richland County, South Carolina
— Front Hall of Woodlands Plantation • National Register of Historic Places —


  • 1786 – Earliest known date of existence

    Wade Hampton I acquired 18,150 acres along both banks of the Congaree River at Gills Creek (3, p. 8).

  • Circa 1786 – House built

    Hampton built a house he called Woodlands (3, p. 8).

  • Circa 1817 – Hampton divided his Woodlands property giving the northern portion to his son Wade Hampton II. Hampton II developed his piece and called it Millwood Plantation.

  • 1835 – Hampton died and the Woodlands was left to his son Wade Hampton II (3, p. 8).

  • 1858 – Hampton II died and his estate was divided among his heirs. His youngest son Frank Hampton inherited 625 acres including the Woodlands house (3, p. 8).

  • 1863 – Frank Hampton was mortally wounded in Virginia fighting in the Civil War (3, p. 8).

  • 1865 – The plantation house was destroyed by fire during General Sherman's occupation of Columbia in February (3, p. 8).

  • 1896 – Second house built

    Frank Hampton, Jr. constructed the house that still stands about a mile from where the first Woodlands house was. He used lumber milled at an onsite sawmill (3, p. 5, 8).

  • 1926 – Frank Hampton, Jr. died and the Woodlands then belonged to his second son Harry R. E. Hampton (3, p. 9).

  • 1980 – Harriott Hampton Faucette inherited the plantation upon her father, Harry R. E. Hampton's death (3, p. 9).

Woodlands Plantation Kitchen - Richland County, South Carolina
— Kitchen at Woodlands Plantation • National Register of Historic Places —


  • Number of acres – 18,150 in 1786; 625 in 1858; 33 in 2006 (3, p. 5, 8).

  • Primary crop – Cotton (3, p. 8).


  • Chronological list – Wade Hampton I (1786-1835); Wade Hampton II (1835-1858); Frank Hampton (1858-1863); Frank Hampton, Jr. (1863-1926); Harry R. E. Hampton (1926-1980); Harriott Hampton Faucette (1980-?)


  • Number of slaves – ?


  • The original, detached kitchen is still standing (3, p. 7).

References & Resources

  1. Walter Edgar, editor,The South Carolina Encyclopedia (Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 2006)

  2. 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

  3. National Register of Historic Places
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 2006
    Photographs, architectural overview

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