Stirling Plantation - Sumter County South Carolina SC

Stirling Plantation – High Hills Section – Sumter County

Editor's Note: We have decided to refer to this plantation as Stirling simply because that is what people commonly call it today. The plantation has been known by several names – originally Ararat then subsequently Argyle and Stirling.

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Basic Information

  • Location – High Hills Section, St. Mark's Parish, Sumter County

    SC 261 at McLaurin Road, about 3 miles south of Stateburg

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – Originally called Ararat meaning "Here I Rest"; Stirling; McLaurin

  • Current status – ?


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • Circa 1787 – House built (2)

    John Gabriel Guignard built a house as a wedding gift for his granddaughter, Ann Richardson who married William Mayrant. The plantation was called Ararat at this time (2).

  • ? – The plantation was sold to the McLaurin family after the deaths of Ann and William Mayrant. The plantation was renamed Argyle at this time (2).

  • 1869 – House built by Dr. Henry J. McLaurin in the Greek-Revival style and was named Stirling, for Stirling Castle in Scotland.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – 95 in 1820 under William Mayrant (2)


  • In 1885, a small school was built in the front yard of the Plantation. Prior to that, Mary Agnes McLaurin taught white preschool children in a room in the house at Stirling Plantation. She was followed by Catherine Louisa McLaurin. For six months each year Stirling was a public school. Parents paid the school expenses for the other three months.

References & Resources

  1. Cassie Nicholes, Historical Sketches of Sumter County Volume II (Sumter, SC: Sumter County Historical Commission 1981)

  2. Information contributed by Kellie Roughen.

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