Redcliffe Plantation – Beech Island, South Carolina
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Four generations of Hammonds occupied this 1859 Greek-revival mansion. Governor Hammond’s great-grandson, John Shaw Billings (1898-1975), who served as the managing editor of Time and Life magazines, brought the Redcliffe mansion back to life in the 1930s. Today Redcliffe Plantation is managed by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. Find out more about SC governors and learn more about SC plantations.
Redcliffe Plantation – Exterior Views of the Redcliffe Home
The following images show the exterior of the Redcliffe Plantation House at various times, in various seasons, and from various angles.
Redcliffe Plantation – Interior Views of the Redcliffe Home
These images show the interior of Redcliffe, from Governor Hammond’s study to the bedrooms upstairs.
Redcliffe Plantation Grounds
The following images show Redcliffe’s grounds, including its stables, a slave cabin, and a vegetable garden.
Magnolia Lane at Redcliffe Plantation
Contributor Jenks Farmer shares the following about Magnolia Lane: “Redcliffe’s Magnolia Lane was SC Historic Tree of the Year, 2012. It was planned and planted with the help of two significant horticulturist (Berkman Brothers) who’s nursery became the Augusta National. The Lane was the entrance to Redcliffe and it connected two house: those of father and son Hammonds. Today, though partially disrupted, it connects Redcliffe and the Farmer’s home.”
Redcliffe Plantation is listed in the National Register:
(Redcliffe Plantation State Park) Redcliffe is representative of the architectural styles in the South during the early nineteenth century. Begun in 1857 by James Henry Hammond, it is a two-story house of wooden construction. Built on brick pillars like many of the lowcountry houses, Redcliffe maintained the pattern of a central hall with four rooms, so characteristic of the Carolina upcountry. Double-decked porches were built on all four sides. Only the front and back porches had steps down to the ground. Large French windows in all rooms opened on to the porches, upper and lower. An enclosed cupola or observatory, consisting almost entirely of windows, was built on the roof between the two chimneys.
In 1886, James Hammond’s son Henry removed the upper porch and moved the main stairs to the corner of the new porch. In 1901, the observatory on the roof was removed and replaced by a widow’s walk. Originally Georgian in style, the house now features many Greek Revival elements. Two slave quarters remain, illustrating the pattern of life prior to the Civil War. A young landscape architect, Louis Berckman from Belgium, planned the grounds at Redcliffe. The home’s builder, James H. Hammond, was elected governor of South Carolina in 1842 and served two terms. He was elected to United States Congress in 1834 and then to United States Senate in 1857. A later owner of Redcliffe is John Shaw Billings, a descendant of Hammond. Billings was Managing Editor of both TIME and LIFE magazines and eventually Editorial Director of TIME, Inc.
Redcliffe Plantation Info
Address: 181 Redcliffe Road, Beech Island, SC 29842
Redcliffe Plantation Map
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