Eastover in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This plantation on the Wateree River features a remarkable Italianate Revival house built in 1852-54. Designed by Charleston architects Edward C. Jones and Francis D. Lee, it was built for Matthew Richard Singleton (1817-1854) and Martha Kinloch Singleton (1818-1892). Jacob Stroyer described life as a slave here in his memoir, first published in 1879.
Kensington was owned by members of the Singleton, Hamer, and Lanham families until the late twentieth century, and though the house fell into disrepair the land was farmed for many years. Kensington was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. It was sold to Union Camp (later International Paper) in 1981, restored in 1983-84, and opened for educational programs.
Erected 2005 by The Scarborough-Hamer Foundation. (Marker Number 40-129.)
Location. 33° 52.139′ N, 80° 39.503′ W. Marker is in Eastover, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Kensington Mansion Driveway Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eastover SC 29044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Phillip A.M.E. Church (approx. 1.4 miles away); Eastover (approx. 2.2 miles away); Richland Presbyterian Church (approx. 3 miles away); Kingville (approx. 5 miles away); Gadsden (approx. 6½ miles away); Congaree River Ferries (approx. 7.4 miles away); Site of Rebecca Motte's Home (approx. 7½ miles away); John M. Bates Bridge (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastover.
Regarding Kensington. Construction of the Kensington Plantation House began in 1851 and was completed in 1853. Its builder, Colonel Richard Singleton, was a wealthy planter of cotton. His sister was Angelica Singleton Van Buren, daughter-in-law and hostess of President Martin Van Buren in the White House. The design is unique in its predominantly Italianate elaboration wedged into a plain farmhouse. In ways, this juxtaposition can be seen as reflecting Singleton, and others like him in South Carolinas ante-bellum era. Born in a world totally dependent upon agriculture, Singleton sought the luxury and some of the pretense of great wealth in the international sense. Kensington presents contrasts between the avant-garde and the very insular. In feeling, Kensington
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