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  • Hobcaw Barony


    Hobcaw Barony is a tract on a peninsula called Waccamaw Neck between the Winyah Bay and the Atlantic Ocean in Georgetown County, South Carolina. Much of Hobcaw Barony is south of US Highway 17. The land was purchased by the investor, philanthropist, presidential advisor, and South Carolina native Bernard M. Baruch between 1905 and 1907 for a winter hunting retreat. Later, his eldest child, Belle W. Baruch, began purchasing the property from her father beginning in 1936. By 1956, Belle owned Hobcaw Barony entirely. Upon her death in 1964, the property was transferred to the Belle W. Baruch Foundation for a nature and research preserve. The property includes more than 37 historic buildings and structures representative of the eras of both 18th & 19th century rice cultivation and 20th century winter retreats. Hobcaw Barony was named to the National Register of Historic Places on November 2, 1994. The Belle W. Baruch Foundation and the North Inlet-Winyah Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve jointly operate the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center and provide tours and special programs.

  • Heriot-Moise House


    The Heriot-Moise House, also known as Ingleside, is an historic plantation house located on Brewington Road at Oswego Highway U.S Highway 401 north of Sumter in Sumter County, South Carolina. It is "significant for its illustration of evolving architectural forms and influences from ca. 1790 into the twentieth century, as altered from an essentially vernacular hall-and-parlor house to a residence with Early Classical revival and Greek revival influences. Extant features from the original house and the ca. 1800, ca. 1830, ca. 1850, and later alterations show how succeeding owners adapted the house to their changing needs and circumstances. It is also significant as a basically intact nineteenth and early twentieth century farm complex." The earliest part of the main house was built around 1790 by a man named Pleasant Tisdale, who had taken title to the surrounding in 1787. Around 1850, John Ouldfield Heriot substantially expanded the house to its present appearance. In 1920, the property was acquired by Francis Marion Moise (1893–1968) who adapted it to the needs of his family. In 1986 Air Force Lt. Col. Eric McConnell and his wife Jeannie McConnell acquired the property from the Moise family, but waited for two years before they started renovations to the house so they could make it their home. In July 1989 they were able to move in with their two children, but within two months Hurricane Hugo caused extensive damage, which necessitated repairs. Later in December 1991 approximately $37,000 worth of damage was done to the interior furnishings by vandals. On December 21, 1989, the Heriot-Moise House was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The designation includes the surrounding property and several outbuildings including a log slave house which dates to the 1790s and a small house which dates to the early 19th century.

  • Friendfield Plantation


    Friendfield Plantation is a 3,305-acre plantation near Georgetown, South Carolina composed of parts of six former historic plantations and Friendship House, built in 1931-36. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Contributing elements of the listing include 23 buildings, 15 other structures, and 14 sites. In the 1850s, some 230 African Americans were enslaved on Friendfield Plantation and they produced 900,000 pounds of rice annually. Among them was Jim Robinson, born into slavery in 1850; one of his descendants is former First Lady Michelle Obama (née Robinson.)

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