Leonard Brown Plantation - Oswego Sumter County South Carolina SC

Leonard Brown Plantation – Oswego – Sumter County

Leonard Brown Plantation House - Sumter County, South Carolina SC
Painting by Fran MacLauchlan

Much of the information on this page was contributed by Steve Powell of Sumter, South Carolina. He obtained some of his information from Mrs. McCoy's book.

Basic Information

  • Location – Oswego, Sumter County, St. Mark's Parish

    Located on Leonard Brown Road off US 401

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Private residence owned by Steve Powell in 2005


  • 1838-1860 – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1851 – Constuction begun on house

  • 1856 – Constuction completed

    According to Mrs. McCoy's book, the house was built primarily by a slave named Ancrum Murphy; he was rewarded with his freedom for its contruction. The back porch has been closed in and made into a kitchen. It is a three-story clapboard house.

  • Comments – The house was badly damaged by Hurricane Hugo and was considered a total loss. Barbara (Bobbi) and Sam McCoy, who lived in it at the time, resisted the urge to tear it down and instead spent a great deal of money to salvage it. All four chimneys were heavily damaged during the storm and only the two forward chimneys and the first floor fireplaces were rebuilt. Thus the house that once had 8 fireplaces, now has two. Also, the roof blew off during Hugo. The old roof was wood shakes; it is now shingles. The framing survived and remains the rough hewn, pegged timbers of yore.


  • Number of acres – ?

  • Primary crop – Cotton


  • Alphabetical list – Leonard Brown, Sam and Barbara McCoy, Steve Powell (2005)


  • Number of slaves – 20


  • Slave cabins – 4

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