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Hardeeville in Jasper County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Laurel Hill Plantation

 
 
Laurel Hill Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 27, 2015
1. Laurel Hill Plantation Marker
Inscription. Framed by three massive live oak trees, this grassy knoll was a home site on Laurel Hill Plantation before the Civil War. Savannah National Wildlife Refuge includes portions of 13 former rice plantations. Ten including Laurel Hill, were located in South Carolina. Laurel Hill was nearly 400 acres in size and belongs to several owners during the years of rice cultivation in the Savannah area (1750-1860). The most prominent owner was Daniel Heyward (1810-1888). He was a nephew of Thomas Heyward Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and of Nathaniel Heyward, the greatest rice planter of his day, who once owned 10 South Carolina plantations and 2,000 slaves.

Laurel Hill is bordered by the Little Back River, which is a channel of the Savannah River. Rice was grown in fields that were flooded with fresh water from the river. In, 1825, the plantation had a house, rice mill, winnowing house, barns, and dwellings for 150 slaves. Facing three life oaks on this knoll, the two-story clapboard house probably was home for the plantation overseers. A rice mill operated by tidal power was once located on Little Back River. It was replaced by a steam-powered facility built near this location.

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The Laurel Hill steam-powered mill operated from 1833 until 1880. Later the mill was converted into a tavern,
Rice Mill Tavern Dine Dance image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
2. Rice Mill Tavern Dine Dance
rumored to have been a hotbed of drunken and disorderly activity. The infamous 
Rice Mill Tavern was abandoned by 1934, when the Laurel Hill tract was added to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
 
Erected by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 32° 9.942′ N, 81° 6.916′ W. Marker is in Hardeeville, South Carolina, in Jasper County. Marker is at the intersection of Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and Alligator Alley (South Carolina Highway 170), on the left when traveling south on Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive. Touch for map. Located in the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Marker is in this post office area: Hardeeville SC 29927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Managing Water for Wildlife (approx. mile away); Rice Field Trunk (approx. mile away); Prescribed Burning (approx. mile away); Using Fire to Benefit Wildlife (approx. 0.4 miles away); Plantation Cistern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Atlantic Coastal Highway Through Georgia (approx. 2 miles away in Georgia); Battle Between Confederate Gunboats and Union Field Artillery
Laurel Hill Plantation Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 28, 2015
3. Laurel Hill Plantation Marker
(approx. 2.9 miles away in Georgia); Indian Trading Post: Home of Mary Musgrove (approx. 2.9 miles away in Georgia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hardeeville.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 30, 2015, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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