Sans Souci Plantation - Stateburg Sumter County South Carolina SC

Sans Souci Plantation – Stateburg – Sumter County

Sans Souci Plantation 2010 - Sumter County, South Carolina
— Barn at Sans Souci Plantation © Kevin Travis, 2010 —
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Basic Information

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

    1935 San Souci Road near Stateburg

  • Origin of name – French for "without care" or "carefree" (2)

  • Other names – ?

  • Current status – Privately owned and operated as a farm and special events venue (2)


  • Circa 1730 to 1740 – Earliest known date of existence (2)

    Originally deeded to Edward, John, and Hugh Rutledge (2)

    John served as South Carolina's first governor and was a signer of the United States Constitution. Edward served later as governor and signed the Declaration of Independence. Hugh was a lawyer and judge. Sans Souci was their summer residence.

  • ? – House built

  • Early 1900s – George L. and Alberta Stuckey Mabry, Sr. owned Sans Souci Plantation (3).

  • 1934 – The original house was lost to fire (4).

  • 1970 – Katie and Wendell M. Levi, Jr. purchased the plantation (4).


  • Number of acres – 640 (1 square-mile), both historically and in 2012 (2)

  • Primary crop – Cattle and hay in 2012 (2)


  • Chronological list – Edward, John and Hugh Rutledge (Circa 1730 or 1740-?); George L. and Alberta Stuckey Mabry, Sr. (Early 1900s-?); Katie and Wendell M. Levi, Jr. (1970-present, 2013)


  • Number of slaves – 12 slave families lived at San Souci and remained at the plantation for a short period after emancipation (2).


  • In 2012, Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr. shared the following: "Modern farm buildings and homes are the only standing structures. There is a ruins site of the original plantation home." (2)

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. Information contributed by Dr. and Mrs. Wendell M. Levi, Jr.

  3. Joe Perry, Buford Mabry Sr.: 1915-2011 (Sumter, SC: The Item Newspaper, 2011)

  4. Information contributed by Heath Hoover.

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