Be advised that this plantation is largely presented back to the studs, which is certainly an interestesting approach necessitated by the removal of changes made to the property by Archibald Rutledge starting in the 1930's. What he did made sense for him, but a modern kitchen, for example, doesn't belong in a plantation started pre-Revolution as a 6-room farmhouse. Rutledge sold the plantation to the state, but the family kept the furniture, so the architectural approach was chosen. There is a list in each room of the furniture inventory at the time so there is a sense of the use of the rooms.
Currently the park system is working on the kitchen building, excavating the foundation of possible slave quarters and committed to maintaining the garden Rutledge created along with his holly and dogwood allees. The grounds look a little unkempt and the signs on the trails look tired, but we are glad we went as this added to our overall knowledge of the plantation homes maintained by the SC park system, which also include Rose Hill and Redcliffe.
The ranger who led the tour was quite good, and we have been impressed with the knowledge and accessibility of our SC state park rangers.
Less than 10 miles from MCClennanville, which is its post office address.
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