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.
— Stirling Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
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- 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 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
- Cassie Nicholes, Historical Sketches of Sumter County Volume II
(Sumter, SC: Sumter County Historical Commission 1981)
- Information contributed by Kellie Roughen.