8058 Charleston Highway
City Directories and History: The historic Ravenwood Plantation.
“George Washington Oswald (1818-1882) probably had the house at Ravenwood built ca. 1840. The structure, though altered, is representative of the Classic Carolina Farmhouse; it is a two-story wood frame building with a gable roof and exterior end chimneys. The facade is five bays wide in the “AABAA” configuration. Windows are nine over nine (9/9) lights
with exterior blinds. The two-story-high porch is supported by four square posts. The porch floor has been lowered to ground level, and wings have been added to each side of the main house.
Oswald married Jane Stiles Rivers on April 14, 1842. At the time of the Civil War, there were 106 slaves on the plantation. During the period 1862-65, George Oswald served in the South Carolina Senate from St. Bartholomew’s Parish. An elder of Bethel Presbyterian Church from 1874-82, he is buried in the Old Bethel Church Cemetery.”
Information from: Historic Resources of the Lowcountry, The Lowcountry Council of Government, Cynthia C. Jenkins, Preservation Planner – Published, 1979
“Baynard, Thomas Archibald (for 3 heirs) of “Ravenswood,” Edisto Island, plantation and Edingsville. Born Oct. 11, 1822 (S.C.); married Martha Ann Bailey (1825-July 3, 1859) [and Mar., 1866, Mrs. Eliza (Waring) Mikell]; died Dec. 7, 1879. Education: University of Ga., A.B., 1842. Public Service: Magistrate. Slaves: 120 (Edisto Island, St. John’s Parish, Colleton District).”
The Last Foray, C. Gaston Davidson, SC Press – 1971
A pretty place that retains its original name is Poco Sabo, the home site of Edmund Bellinger, the fourth Landgrave, who is buried there. The following places were also a part of the Bellinger barony—Bolton Point, White House, Tomotley (not to be confused with a place of the same name in Beaufort County) Dawn of Hope, and Bellevue. Cinnamon Hill was the home of Henry Hyrne at the time of the American Revolution; he also owned Clover Hill and Walnut Hill. Near Walterboro is a place named Cooks Hill owned during the Revolution by the Hon. John Lloyd, who was an ardent patriot and later became the first senator from this county. The place later came into possession of the Glovers, who owned it for about a hundred years. Nearby is Beech Hill now owned by Mr. E. B. Sanders, Jr., one of the very few plantation homes left standing by Sherman’s troops. The Bonnie Doone plantation includes Dehon, Sterling, Ashland, Chessey, and Neyle. Until a few years ago this was one of the show places of the county. Marcello was the name given his plantation by General Wm. H. Fishburne, but it is better known as Ashepoo. It is on the eastern side of this river as Screven Hill and Creighton Hill, which are family names. Further up the Ashepoo, we find Whitmarsh, once owned by the Walters family for whom Walterboro is named. Other plantations, owned by the Ford family, were Ravenwood, Barracada, and Woodford.
(Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC)
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