City Directories and History: Constructed in ca. 1928, Orange Grove Plantation by Henry L. Bowles.
A year later Henry L. Bowles, a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts, purchased Orange Grove Plantation, which had been an antebellum home of the Fripp family. The plantation house, built c. 1800, was in poor condition when Bowles bought the property; he demolished it and built the present house in 1928. Orange Grove, as Bowles built it, was one of the first resort houses built on St. Helena after the opening of the bridge and is illustrative of the early encroachment of development on South Carolina’s sea islands. (NR File Data / SC Dept. of Archives and History)
R&R Note: In 1753, Peter Perry purchased 473 acres of land on St.Helena Island from William Chapman for 1,892 pounds currency. Chapman had done little with the land since it had been granted to him before the Yemassee War. In the next twelve years. Perry transformed the property on the banks of Chowan Creek into a completely developed and prosperous indigo plantation called Orange Grove. By 1765, he had forty-six slaves, thirty-seven cattle, numerous hogs, and a set of cypress indigo vats. After Perry’s death in 1765, Orange Grove Plantation was acquired by John Evans, who became the largest indigo planter on St. Helena Island.
Information from: A History of Beaufort County, Vol. I, Rowland, Moore and G.C. Rogers, Jr. – Un. of S.C. Press, 1996
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