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The Live Oaks Of Tomotley Plantation
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The beautiful live oak trees of this old plantation road welcomed my photography as I stumbled upon them after visiting the Old Sheldon Church ruins near Beaufort, SC. Little did I know but it was Tomotley Plantation and the Lord had heard my silent prayers that morning to help me find such a place to photograph as this here in the low country of South Carolina.
Basic Information and Timeline:
Location � Sheldon, Prince William Parish, Beaufort County
Cotton Hall Road, 1� miles northeast of US 17 (entrance on right side of Cotton Hall Road close to intersection of Old Sheldon Road)
Origin of name � Grey Allred, whose grandparents are the current owners of Tomotley, said, "The origin of the name seems to have come from the Cherokee language; I'm unsure of the meaning."
Other names � Part of Tomotley Barony
Current status � Privately owned
May 7, 1698 � Earliest known date of existence
Created by patent
1706 � Captain Edmund Bellinger, the original owner, died.
1739 � Edmund Bellinger's grandson (also named Edmund) died. Tomotley Barony was then divided among 14 different family members and other heirs.
1820 � Avenue of oaks planted by Patience Wise Blackett Izard.
1865 � Sherman's troops burned the original plantation house. This house was rebuilt in the late 1800s.
1910 � R.H. McCurdy constructed the existing house.
Number of acres � 1,400 in 1864
Primary crop � Cotton and rice
The avenue of oaks was planted by Patience Wise Blackett Izard circa 1820.
Chronological order � Captain Edmund Bellinger (1698-1706); Edmund Bellinger (?-1739); DeVeaux; Izard; Eustis; Bull; Pringle; Hutson; Martin; Havenmeyer; McCurdy; Pringle; Billy and Barbara Mixon (1990)
Number of slaves � 56 in 1761; 68 in 1788; 138 in 1860
In 2010 Grey Allred said, "The current residence was built by R.H. McCurdy in 1910. There is a second home that was built in the late 1800s after the original house burned, as well as a caretaker's residence, several barns and a stable that survived Sherman's wrath and predates the Civil War."
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May 12th, 2014
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