Redcliffe Plantation

Redcliffe Plantation (HM655)

Location: Beech Island, SC 29842 Aiken County
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N 33° 24.921', W 81° 51.953'

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State Historic Site

About Redcliffe Plantation State Historic SiteRedcliffe Plantation was the home of James Henry Hammond (1807-1864) and three generations of his descendants. Hammond whose political career included terms as a United States Congressman, Governor of South Carolina and United States Senator, was perhaps best known during his lifetime as an outspoken defender of slavery. In an 1858 speech to the United States senate he coined the famous phrase "Cotton is King." Governor Hammond was a successful cotton planter and designed Redcliffe to be an estate for relaxation, entertaining and agricultural experimentation. The 1859 Greek revival mansion became the physical and emotional center for four generations of Hammonds. The Governor's great-grandson. John Shaw Billings (1898-1975), known for his position as managing editor of Time & Life magazines, restored Redcliffe's mansion in the 1930s.

South Carolina State Park Service Mission
To encourage people to discover South Carolina's state parks by providing resource-based recreational and educational opportunities that emphasize the conservation, protection and interpretation of the state's natural and cultural resources.

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site Mission Statement
To preserve the historic structures, collections and landscape of Redcliffe Plantation, the 1959 home of South Carolina Governor James Henry Hammond; and to interpret the cultural history of the plantation from 1855 to 1975 for the public via interpretive programs, exhibits and special events.
HM NumberHM655
Placed BySouth Carolina State Park Service
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:39pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 419492 N 3697669
Decimal Degrees33.41535000, -81.86588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 24.921', W 81° 51.953'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 24' 55.26" N, 81° 51' 57.18" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 County Hwy 244, Beech Island SC 29842, US
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