1776 Mansfield Road
City Directories and History: Mansfield Plantation was for many years a rice-producing plantation and the plantation itself remains virtually intact. The plantation house, avenue of oaks, and outbuildings together reflect the rice culture. Mansfield can be traced to ca. 1732 when John Green received a royal grant for 500 acres along the Black River. In 1756, Susannah Man purchased the property, thus the name. The house is a single storied, clapboard structure with a medium gable roof, situated on a low brick foundation. The front entrance features two three-paneled doors with sidelights and an elliptical fanlight. Around ca. 1850 the structure was enlarged with symmetrical wings, with further additions occurring in the 1930s.
Situated near the house are a former school building and kitchen, which features an exterior double stairway. During the 1930s both structures were brick veneered and remodeled into guest houses. At this same time, a third guest house was built. A rice winnowing house, a threshing mill, six slave cabins, the slave chapel and laundry house remain. The threshing mill was used as late as 1943 and its machinery remains intact. The winnowing house is the only known surviving example of its type in Georgetown County. Listed in the National Register December 6, 1977.
MANSFIELD’s SLAVE ROW:
Mansfield Plantation, located in Georgetown County, was for many years a rice producing plantation and today remains virtually intact. The plantation house, avenue of oaks, and outbuildings together reflect the rice culture—a vital part of the history of South Carolina. Mansfield can be traced to ca. 1732 when John Green received a royal grant for 500 acres along the Black River. In 1754, James Coachman of Georgetown purchased the property from Green’s estate. Two years later, in 1756, Susannah Man purchased the property from Coachman. Although most of the later Georgetown County records were destroyed in 1865, extensive research on the plantation by a Man descendant (using family papers and other sources) traces the Man family ownership of the plantation until 1912 when it was sold to Charles W. Tuttle of New York. It was from the Man family that the name Mansfield was derived. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History]
Also see the Mary Man home in Georgetown, S.C., who lived here at Mansfield Plantation as a child.
“Parker, Dr. Francis Simons of “Mansfield” plantation and Charleston. Born Dec. 16, 1814 (S.C.); married Dec 15, 1835, Mary Taylor Lance (Mar. 22, 1818-Sept. 1885); died Sept. 12,
1867. Education: College of Charleston, A.B., 1833; S.C. Medical College, M.D., 1838. Church: Episcopalian (Vestryman, Prince George, Winyah). Public Service: Delegate to Secession Convention, 1860. Slaves: 220 (Prince George, Winyah, Parish, Georgetown District).”
The Last Foray, C. Gaston Davidson, SC Press – 1971
“Mansfield is named for an early owner, Mrs. John Man, a widow, who purchased it in 1754. The plantation was handed down through the family until 1912 when it finally was sold into other hands. Mrs. Robert L. Montgomery of Philadelphia is the present owner.”
Information from: Names in South Carolina by C.H. Neuffer, Published by the S.C. Dept. of English, USC
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