North Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Windsor Hill Plantation
This inland rice plantation was established in 1701 by a grant of 500 acres to Joseph Child. The original grant was between the headwaters of Goose Creek and the Ashley River, and Child soon acquired an additional 300 acres. His son Benjamin added acreage and continued planting rice. In 1749 Benjamin and Hannah Child's daughter Mary inherited Windsor Hill and married rice planter John Ainslie (d. 1774).
John and Mary Ainslie built a two-story house here about 1750. In 1776 their daughter Hannah married William Moultrie, Jr. (1752-1796). The plantation declined by the 1830s, and the house burned in 1857. Gen. William Moultrie (1730-1805), victor at the Battle of Sullivan's Island in 1776 and governor 1785-1787 and 1792-94, was first buried here but later reburied on Sullivan's Island, at Fort Moultrie, in 1977.
Erected 2010 by The City of North Charleston. (Marker Number 10-63.)
Location. 32° 55.432′ N, 80° 5.39′ W. Marker is in North Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Ashley Phosphate Road near Windsor Hill Blvd., on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: North Charleston SC 29420, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Windsor Hill Plantation (within shouting distance of this marker); Archdale Hall (approx. 1.8 miles away); Middleton Place / Arthur Middleton (approx. 3.4 miles away); The Rev. John G. Drayton (approx. 3˝ miles away); Magnolia Plantation (approx. 3.6 miles away); Royal Judge John Drayton (approx. 3.6 miles away); Steepbrook Plantation (approx. 3.6 miles away); French Botanical Garden (approx. 3.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Charleston.
Regarding Windsor Hill Plantation. Windsor Hill Plantation, steeped in the history and traditions of the South of another day, was for a time the home of one of the best known and highly respected heroes of the American Revolution, General William Moultrie.
General William Moultrie was born in Charleston in 1731, and entered the Continental Army at the start of the Revolution. His military history was impressive; he was made Brigadier General following his brilliant defense of Charleston against the British fleet on June 28th, 1776. It was this event, neglected in American History, that, when reported to Continental Congress on July 19, 1776, gave heart to those forefathers of the nation to sign and ratify a document that had lain dormant since first adopted
When Charleston fell to the British in 1780, he was taken prisoner, to later be exchanged for a distinguished British General, John Burgoyne.
General Moultrie received many recognitions during his military career, among them being the re-naming of Fort Sullivan to Fort Moultrie. He was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1785, and again in 1789.
When he died, on September 27, 1805, he was buried in the family burial ground at Windsor Hill Plantation. In 1977 his remains were reinterred at Fort Moultrie, the historical fort which was also renamed in his honor. But Windsor Hill Plantation will remain a living memorial to the man who served with distinction and honor during the formative years of a great nation - the United States of America. (Windsor Hill Plantation)
Also see . . .
1. "Dedication Video" - - Part One ::. (Submitted on June 11, 2011.)
2. "Dedication Video" - - Part Two ::. (Submitted on June 11, 2011.)
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