The plantation was established in 1735, and its main house exhibits one of the earliest known examples in the United States of a temple front in domestic architecture. It is also one of the state’s finest examples of a wood frame Georgian plantation house. (Wikipedia)
The house has an evolutionary construction history, begun in 1735 and ending roughly in 1790-91. The original owner of the land, and first section of the house was a French Huguenot refugee. Successive owners were each among the founders of South Carolina, and Charleston.
The final owner Archibald Rutledge was a poet laureate and educator. The property is currently owned by the state and is a National Landmark.
The site is in the Santee Delta of South Carolina.
Like most people I had an image of plantation houses, they were ‘Gone With The Wind’ mansions.
I have only seen one building that looks close. Most are much more modest, large, but not ornate.
The really old ones, out in the marshlands where rice, indigo, and sea island cotton were grown, were built over long periods of time. Many were replacements (not this one) for buildings that had burned or been destroyed by wars.
Common to most all is a porch, bricks, tall windows for breezes to pass through, and multiple sections added over years. This building dates to 1790.