Palmetto Bluff in Beaufort County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
R.T. Wilson Jr. acquired the 18,000 acres that he named Palmetto Bluff in 1902. This land and the mansion were Wilson's idyllic retreat away from New York City until on March 2, 1926, the great mansion cauught fire and was reduced to ashes. Devastated by the loss of his beloved home, Wilson returned to New York and sold the entire property to J.E. Varn a few months later.
Erected 2005 by Union Camp.
Location. 32° 12.479′ N, 80° 52.855′ W. Marker is in Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker can be reached from Palmetto Bluff (rd). Touch for map. at end of Palmetto Bluff (rd), Riverside approx 6 miles east of SC 46, Pritchardville. Marker is in this post office area: Bluffton SC 29910, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Palmetto Bluff (within shouting distance of Church of the Cross (approx. 1.9 miles away); Bluffton United Methodist Church (approx. 2 miles away); Bluffton, S.C. (approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Michael C. Riley Schools (approx. 2.5 miles away); Pinckney Island (approx. 5.8 miles away); Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Luke's Church (approx. 6.1 miles away).
Regarding Palmetto Bluff. R.T. Wilson Jr. purchased Palmetto Bluff in 1902.
Perhaps in anticipation of spending even more
time at Palmetto Bluff, Wilson and his wife
Marion constructed a grand mansion and an era
of lavish entertaining began.
The Palmetto Bluff estate was designed with guests
in mind. Visitors arrived at the estate by way of a
Savannah Line Steamship, the Atlantic Coast Line
Railroad or the Seaboard Airline train. The social
pages of the New York Times listed the comings and
goings of the New York elite with frequent mention of
individuals “leaving today to visit Mr. and Mrs. R.T.
Wilson of Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina.”
( The Newsletter
Volume 4 • Issue 2 • Spring/Summer 2007 )
Categories. • Notable Buildings •
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