Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Foundations of the Southern Plantation
The ruins of the Horry family home symbolize the Southern plantation system. Founded on this soil by the first colonists, the system flourished for generations, but ultimately crumbled.
When the Lords Proprietors set up the colony, they copied the successful Barbadian plantation model. From Barbados to Carolina, large land-owners profited from the labor of enslaved Africans who built homes, cleared fields, planted seeds, and harvested crops.
The Horry-Lucas mansion burned in 1865 near the end of the Civil War. Its ashes marked the end of the slave-based plantation system; a system that originated with the settlers here nearly 200 years before.
Location. 32° 48.266′ N, 79° 59.1′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the History Trail at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tales of the Tub (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Foundations of the Southern Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); In Need of an Ally Cassique of the Kiawah (about 400 feet away); The Search Goes On (about 400 feet away); In Trust (about 500 feet away); Site of Old Charles Town (about 500 feet away); Ghost Structure (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an image of a “Field Gang at Work, Martinique, Early 19th Century. Illustration courtesy of University of Virginia Library, Special Collections.”
A map of the Horry-Lucas Plantation ( “1836 Plat courtesy of Stanley South”) appears at the lower left of the marker. It has a caption of “Like its Barbadian counterparts, this plantation included homes for both the planter family and its enslaved work force.”
A portrait of Elizabeth Branford Horry, courtesy of Boykin Rose is on the right side of the marker. It has a caption of “Elizabeth Branford Horry inherited he plantation from her father. She and her husband, one of the wealthiest rice planters in South Carolina, may have built this house
Also see . . . Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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