The Big House was destroyed by Union soldiers and the 1886 earthquake.
The historic marker tells the story of this plantation, among whose
owners was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
Only one of the three residential strucutures was rebuilt in the 1870s.
Slaves, who were experienced growing rice in West Africa, drained
the cypress swamps for paddy rice all along the South Carolina
Rice was the most lucrative crop before cotton became associated with plantation agriculture.
The flooding of the paddies occurred as the ocean high tides pushed the sweet river water through the canals; at low tides, the paddies were drained.
The rest of the plantation consists of family buildings and one restored wooden slave cabin.