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Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Thomas Lynch at Rivertowne

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1. Thomas Lynch at Rivertowne Marker - Side A
Side A
Thomas and Sabina Lynch were some of Mount Pleasant’s earliest and wealthiest residents. Their 18th century plantation house was located here in Rivertowne. The Lynch family story begins in 1677 when Jonack Lynch emigrated from Ireland to Charles Towne and was granted land on the Cooper River. He established Blessing Plantation and quickly amassed a fortune. He used his new wealth to expand his holdings and cement the family’s social standing among the planter elite. By 1715, Jonack’s son Thomas had acquired 1,170 acres of land on the east bank of the Wando River and additional property in Berkeley County and along the Santee River. Thomas built a "new dwelling house" called Brick House on his Wando property in 1713. Lynch served in the Commons House of Assembly and was a colonel in the Christ Church Parish militia. When Thomas died in 1738, he left his property to his wife Sabina Vanderhorst and their children.

Side B
Thomas’s wife, Sabina, lived on the plantation until her death in 1741. Sabina was the last member of the Lynch family to reside on their Wando River property. Their son Thomas amassed his

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2. Thomas Lynch at Rivertowne - Side B
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own fortune and resided at his principal home on Hopsewee Plantation near Georgetown. Thomas was a staunch patriot and was elected as a representative to the First Continental Congress. Sadly, he was struck down by a cerebral hemorrhage. His son, Thomas Lynch, Jr., signed the Declaration of Independence on behalf of his ailing father in 1776. In the 1990s, archaeologists located the foundation of Thomas Lynch’s Brick House and a small brick kiln used to make bricks for its construction. A variety of household artifacts were found including a silver needle case engraved with Sabina Lynch’s initials. The artifacts confirm that the house was built in the early 1700s. This may be the oldest house excavated in Mount Pleasant.
Erected 2010.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraPatriots & Patriotism. A significant historical year for this entry is 1677.
Location. 32° 53.785′ N, 79° 50.216′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverbluff Lane and Laurel Springs Lane on Riverbluff Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29466, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wando Pottery (approx. one mile away); Phillips Community (approx. 1.9 miles away); Point Plantation / Richmond Plantation
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November 16, 2010
3. Thomas Lynch at Rivertowne Marker
(approx. 2.6 miles away); Brickyard Plantation (approx. 3½ miles away); Lowcountry Waterways (approx. 3½ miles away); Rice Trunk (approx. 3½ miles away); Charles Pinckney - Statesman (approx. 3½ miles away); Sweetgrass Baskets (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2010. This page has been viewed 1,578 times since then and 79 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2010. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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