A History of the Lands Occupied by Naval Weapons Station Charleston

Author(s): Terrence Larimer

Year: 2002


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.

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A History of the Lands Occupied by Naval Weapons Station Charleston. Terrence Larimer. 2002 ( tDAR id: 448184) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8448184

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