Ruins Plantation - Statesburg Sumter County South Carolina SC

Ruins Plantation – Statesburg – Sumter County

Ruins Plantation 2015 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Ruins Plantation © Vanessa Kauffmann, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)

Basic Information

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

    1257 Barnwell Drive, which is about ½ mile off SC 261 from US 378 (6)

  • Origin of name – ?

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned

Ruins Plantation 2015 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Ruins Plantation © Vanessa Kauffmann, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • ? – Earliest known date of existence

    General Thomas Sumter acquired the property (5, p. 2).

  • ? – House built

    General Sumter had a house on the property that was destroyed by British troops in the Revolutionary War (3).

  • 1784 – John Mayrant built a house on the property and called it "The Ruins" (3) (6).

  • 1835-1837 – The plantation served as the Hawthorndean Seminary for Young Ladies (5, p. 2).

  • 1970 – St Julian and Amelia DeSaussure Barnwell owned the plantation (5, p. 2).

  • 2015 – Rett and Pat Summerville owned Ruins Plantation (4).

Ruins Plantation Gate 2015 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Ruins Plantation Gate © Vanessa Kauffmann, 2015 —
(Do Not Use Without Written Consent)


  • Number of acres – ?

    The property surrounding The Ruins has been placed into conservancy (6).

  • Primary crop – Cotton (6)


  • Alphabetical list – Alston; Julian Barnwell; Colclegh; Coles; Mrs Robert Marion DeVeaux; DeVeaux; John Mayrant; Moore; Pinckney; Rett and Pat Summerville; General Thomas Sumter


  • Number of slaves – ?

    We are actively seeking information on the slaves who lived and worked at this plantation. If you find a resource that might help, please fill out this form. Thank you.


  • As of 2015, a building that is thought to once have been a slave cabin was still standing (4).

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

  3. Information contributed by Kellie Roughen.

  4. Information contributed by photographer Vanessa Kauffmann who visited Ruins Plantation December 20, 2015 to document a building on the plantation that was thought to once be a slave cabin.

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

  6. Article contributed by Cyndi Shull: Historic Stateburg Home Hosts Christmas Open House (Columbia, SC: WIS TV, December 2, 2016)

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