McLeod Plantation House

The header image here is an HDR composite of 3 separate photographs taken of the McLeod Plantation on James Island, South Carolina. Interesting to me is how it does not fit the ‘Hollywood’ image of a southern plantation building. However, the actually buildings I have seen all look like this, not ‘Gone With The Wind’.

Click here for a history of the Plantation.

McLeod Plantation House - Click To Enlarge
McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

Now the image above fits the movie image perfect.

McLeod Plantation House - Click To Enlarge
McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

The only catch is, the main photo was the original entrance, the Hollywood version added after the civil war. Both the Confederate and Union armies occupied the building at some point. Like all plantation properties the war damaged was extensive.

McLeod Plantation House - Click To Enlarge
McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

This image displays the original lane / road to the main house, alongside were the quarters where over 60 enslaved West Africans lived.

McLeod Plantation House - Click To Enlarge
McLeod Plantation House – Click To Enlarge

Records show up to 10 people lived in these small single room buildings. Food was grown behind each.

I believe the buildings a property are now owned by Charleston County.

 

 

 

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