Marston Plantation - Sumter County South Carolina SC

Marston Plantation – Stateburg – Sumter County

Marston Plantation 2014 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Marston Plantation © Gazie Nagle, 2014 —
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Basic Information

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

    2280 Raccoon Road (3)

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned with an equine facility which offers boarding and training (6)


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

  • 1820 – House built (4, p. 5)

    Lt. Col. Patrick Henry Nelson built the house (5).

  • 1864 – Lt. Col. Nelson was killed at the Battle of Petersburg (5).

  • 1908 – Col. John J. Dargan purchased Marston for his home. He was the founder and principal of General Sumter Memorial Academy which was located at nearby Acton Plantation. Some of the academy's students were boarders at Marston Plantation (5).

  • 1921 – Col. Dargan's daughter, Theodosia, and her husband, S. O. Plowden, returned to Marston to live with her parents (5).

  • 1925 – Mr. and Mrs. S. O. Plowden became the owners of Marston (5).

  • 1970 – The Plowden family still owned the plantation (4, p. 5)

  • 1980 – Richard J. Kadar purchased the plantation which contained 60 acres. As of 2015, Richard and his wife Lillian owned 45 acres that included the house, with their son and his wife, Timothy and Mary Kadar, owning the other 15 acres. The Kadars operate an equine facility at Marston which offers boarding and training (6).


  • Number of acres – 60 in 1980; 45 in 2015 (6)

  • Primary crop – ?


  • Number of slaves – ?

References & Resources

  1. 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

  2. Thomas Sebastian Sumter, Stateburg and its People (Sumter, SC: Sumter Printing Company, 1949)

  3. Information contributed by Gazie Nagle

  4. National Register of Historic Places - Statesburg
    Nomination form - PDF - submitted in 1970
    Photographs, architectural overview

  5. Brenda Moulton, Antiques, Heirlooms, Add to Ageless Martston's Charm, (Sumter, SC: The Item Newspaper, March 26, 1970

  6. Information contributed by Timothy Kadar whose family purchased the plantation in 1980.

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