Plantations of Moncks Corner
The Lowcountry is littered with plantations along our rivers. Many of the plantations are well-known such as Middleton, Magnolia, Boone Hall and Drayton Hall plantations.
But there are many other, lesser known, plantations skirting coastal South Carolina. In Moncks Corner, on the banks of the Cooper River, are several plantations that once flourished.
One of these is Lewisfield Plantation which was constructed around 1774. This is considered a typical clapboard, plantation style house with a raised brick foundation and wide veranda supported by columns. It was known for a Revolutionary War skirmish. Colonel Wade Hampton surprised British forces waiting for Keating Simons, a paroled prisoner of war, which led to fighting on the front lawn. It has more recently appeared on TV in the reality show, Southern Charm. Kathryn Dennis, from the show, was born and raised at Lewisfield.
Just down the road Exeter Plantation once stood. Since 1959, it has been the location of the Berkeley Country Club with a 9 hole golf course. Unfortunately, the plantation house was lost to fire in 1967. The house was built on leased land from 1726 to 1738. The property and home changed hands many times until it became the Country Club.
Mulberry Plantation is the next one down Old US 52. This is one of the oldest plantation homes in the United States and is still occupied today. It is early Georgian architecture and was built as a defensive site during the Yamasee War. It was built in 1714 by Thomas Broughton, who became the royal governor in 1735. The previous owners bought the property in 1988 and completely restored the house as well as the gardens. They also purchased South Mulberry, built in 1835, to make the property "one again". The house just celebrated 300 years in 2014!