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St. Simons Island in Glynn County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hampton Plantation

 
 
Hampton Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 26, 2012
1. Hampton Plantation Marker
Inscription. In 1774 Major Pierce Butler of South Carolina purchased Hampton Point in northwestern St. Simons Island, and by the 1790s Hampton was developed into the island's largest cotton plantation in land and slave population. Signer of the Constitution and member of the new U. S. Senate, Butler moved from Charleston to Philadelphia. In 1838 Major Butlerís grandson, Pierce Butler, and his abolitionist wife, British actress Fanny Kemble, traveled to Georgia to inspect the Butler plantations. She wrote a scathing account that was published during the Civil War, creating much sensation in the North and in England. In 1859, to cover mounting debts, 436 slaves from Butlerís Georgia plantations were sold in Savannah, an event known as “The Weeping Time.”
 
Erected 2012 by The Georgia Historical Society, Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Friends of Coastal Georgia History, and Sea Island Company. (Marker Number 63-10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 31° 15.307′ N, 81° 21.231′ W. Marker is in St. Simons Island, Georgia, in Glynn County. Marker is on Lawrence Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Simons Island GA 31522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Hampton Plantation Marker, prior to dedication image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 26, 2012
2. Hampton Plantation Marker, prior to dedication
At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cannon's Point Plantation (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pike's Bluff (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sinclair Plantation (approx. 1.3 miles away); German Village (approx. 1.9 miles away); Harrington Hall (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Georgia Navy (approx. 3 miles away); William Bartram Trail (approx. 3 miles away); St. Simons Island (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Simons Island.
 
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Also see . . .
1. Fanny Kemble and Pierce Butler, PBS Online. Kemble spent four months on Butler and St. Simon's Islands. During that time she and Pierce clashed frequently over the issue of slavery. Fanny recorded her experiences in letters which she later compiled and published as her Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation. It is the closest, most-detailed look at plantation slavery ever recorded by a white northern abolitionist. (Submitted on January 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. The Weeping Time, PBS Online. The owner of the slaves, Pierce Butler, had inherited the family's Georgia plantations some twenty years earlier,along with his brother John. But Pierce had
Hampton Plantation Marker Dedicated January 26, 2012 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 26, 2012
3. Hampton Plantation Marker Dedicated January 26, 2012
Mary Tipton, Ed MacKethan, the driving force in getting the marker and Will Hanley do the honors
squandered away his portion of the inheritance, losing a rumored $700,000; now he was deeply in debt. ... (Submitted on January 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Butler Family-New Georgia Library. The Butlers of South Carolina and Philadelphia owned extensive plantations in the Sea Islands of Georgia, where hundreds of slaves labored to grow the rice and cotton on which the family's wealth was based. (Submitted on January 26, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Hampton Plantation Marker and the dedication spectators image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 26, 2012
4. Hampton Plantation Marker and the dedication spectators
Hampton Plantation Marker, looking north along Lawrence Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, January 26, 2012
5. Hampton Plantation Marker, looking north along Lawrence Road
 
 
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