A History of the Lands Occupied by Naval Weapons Station Charleston
Author(s): Terrence Larimer
This report concentrates on the history of the plantations that were once located within the boundaries of Charleston Naval Weapons Station (NWSC). The NWSC is a large tract (17,000 acres) situated on the west side of the Cooper and Back Rivers, approximately 15 miles from Charleston.
Currently comprised of four main areas: Northside, Marrington, Southside and South Annex, the land occupied by NWSC was home to many historic plantations. Each of the four large modern tracts is a collection of multiple historic smaller tracts. These historic tracts were of modest size, between 300 and 1,000 acres. Available official records offer few details as to how the properties were used. Deeds that extend back to the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries rarely describe buildings or other improvements. Archaeological evidence, however, indicates that NWSC lands were used extensively for the production of bricks as well as for rice agriculture. Documentary evidence from wills, probate inventories, and census records support the material evidence for bricks and rice.
Cite this Record
A History of the Lands Occupied by Naval Weapons Station Charleston. Terrence Larimer. 2002 ( tDAR id: 448184) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8448184
This Resource is Part of the Following Collections
Araret Plantation • Back River Plantation • Brick Hope Plantation • Cedar Hill Plantation • Cow Jig Plantation • Hickory Hill Plantation • Liberty Hall Plantation • Maris Hill • Marrington • Melgrove Plantation • Mount Pleasant Plantation • Old Tom • Palmettos Plantation • Parnassus plantation • Prioleau • Red Bank Plantation • Sambo Hill • Snows Point Plantation • Sunnyside Plantation • White House • Woods Point Plantation • Yeamans Hill Plantation
min long: -79.971; min lat: 32.888 ; max long: -79.792; max lat: 33.022 ;
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Contact(s): Joint Base Charleston
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