What do an American President, a Poet Laureate, French Nobleman, and Guerrilla Warfare General have in common?
The rural Hampton plantation in the Santee Delta.
- George Washington, President
- Archibald Rutledge, Poet
- Marquis de Lafayette, French General in both the US and French army
- Francis Marion, American Revolutionary militia. Known as the Swamp Fox and father of guerrilla warfare.
All of the above have spent more than a little time at this plantation. The plantation had been in the Rutledge family since before the American Revolution, not that long ago it was given to South Carolina.
Even today the building is in a rural, not easy to get to, location. Inside the home has been preserved in it’s original state.
The large plantation porch, under the huge columns, is the only real plantation I know that ‘almost’ fits how Hollywood has portrayed southern plantations.
All the people listed above have sat around this porch, shared meals here, and looked out over the old Oaks covered in Spanish Moss. That goes on even today. No better place to sit and eat when out exploring the delta.
We stopped by last week to shoot the area. This set was taken as I tried to avoid getting an ‘ugly’ caution tape line in all the images. A roof is under repair, which is probably an ongoing process.