Pinewood, South Carolina
South Carolina Sumter County Pinewood
Pinewood is located in southeastern Sumter County close to the Clarendon County line at the convergence of SC 261 and SC 120 .The Town of Pinewood started out in Clarendon County and was originally named Clarendon. County boundary lines were redrawn in the early 1800s and the town became part of Sumter County. The name was changed to Pinewood in 1902.
Millford Plantation, located just outside of town, was built in 1839 by Nathaniel P. Potter for future South Carolina governor John Lawrence Manning. When first built, some called the house "Manning's Folly" because it was such a grand home in such a remote location. At the very end of the Civil War, a remarkable coincidence saved the house from being burned by Union soldiers.
On what turned out to be the final day of the War, Northern troops, led by Brig. General Edward Elmer Potter arrived at Millford. John Manning met General Potter at the front door and said: "Well, the house was built by a Potter and it looks as though it will be destroyed by a Potter." General Potter responded: "No, you are protected. Nathaniel Potter was my brother."
Millford Plantation remained in the Manning family until 1902 and it continued to be used as a residence into the 1990s. Today the house is on the National Register of Historic Places and open to the public for guided tours.
Sumter is the largest city near Pinewood. Here is a map of the Sumter area.
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