City Directories and History: The McLeod farmstead is significant to the broad patterns of agricultural history in the Lowcountry region of the state. This rural area had been farmed extensively prior to the Civil War, but this property gained significance as a part of the truck farming economy that spread through the region between 1884 and 1946.
Because this farm continued to be used until the late 1970s, most of its agricultural structures remain. The McLeod farmstead is one of the best extant examples of a truck farming complex in the state. Its collection of farming structures, stores, and residences provides and excellent glimpse into the workings of a South Carolina truck farm which was active from the 1880s through the 1960s. There are thirteen extant buildings and one structure in the complex. Eight buildings and one structure are associated with farm operations. These buildings provided spaces for the sorting, packing and shipping of the various agricultural products that came from the farmstead. Two of the buildings served commercial purposes: The McLeod general store and the Keyserling general store. There are also three residential structures. One, the McLeod House, is a large home that was clearly that of a wealthy farm owner. Another dwelling is a two-room shack which likely housed farm workers. The third dwelling served a dual purpose. It was the residence and the office of the farm supervisor. The setting of this site remains rural, although it is within close proximity of Beaufort. Listed in the National Register July 25, 1997. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History]
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