Bamberg in Bamberg County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Woodlands was the country home of William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870), the most prominent and prolific writer of the antebellum South, from 1836 to his death. A novelist, poet, historian, critic, and essayist best known for his novels about colonial and Revolutionary S.C., Simms was described as “the ornament and the pride of the State he loved so well” at his death in 1870.
In 1836 Simms, a widower, married Chevillette Roach (1817-1863) of Barnwell District. He and his wife moved to this 4,000-acre plantation owned by her father, Nash Roach. The house burned in 1862, was rebuilt, burned again in 1865, and rebuilt on a smaller scale in 1867. Woodlands, described in a Simms poem as “these grand old woods,” was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975.
Erected 2005 by The Historical Society of Bamberg County. (Marker Number 5-10.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 33° 16.349′ N, 80° 57.625′ W. Marker is in Bamberg, South Carolina, in Bamberg County. Marker is on Heritage Highway (U.S. 78), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Carlisle Military School (approx. 4.4 miles away); Bamberg (approx. 4˝ miles away); Bamberg County Confederate Monument (approx. 4.6 miles away); Pinewood Plantation (approx. 7.8 miles away); South Carolina Canal & Rail Road Company (approx. 8˝ miles away); Branchville Depot (approx. 8˝ miles away); Orangeburg County (approx. 8˝ miles away); Voorhees College (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bamberg.
Regarding Woodlands. A significant literary landmark, Woodlands was the country estate home of William Gilmore Simms, son-in-law of Nash Roach, a gentleman of English descent and wealthy owner of several plantations. In 1836, Simms, noted Southern author, married Roach’s daughter, Chevilette Eliza, and was given Woodlands Plantation. Simms said in his letters, about 1836-1857, “I am moving into an ancient dwelling largely fallen into disrepair.” In 1859, Simms began enlargement of the house, adding a library and nursery wings, which considerably increased the impressiveness of the residence. In 1862, the original house burned
Also see . . . William Gilmore Simms, From Wikipedia. William Gilmore Simms (April 17, 1806 – June 11, 1870) was a poet, novelist and historian from the American South whose novels achieved great prominence during the 19th century, with Edgar Allan Poe pronouncing him the best novelist America had ever produced... (Submitted on June 19, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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