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Plantation: Coffin Point of Beaufort County, SC
Location St Helena Sound, plantation is located about 10 miles east of Beaufort on US 21, turn left on County Road #77, continue 1.5 miles, house directly ahead at end of .5 mile avenue of oak trees.
St Helena Island, St Helena Parish, Beaufort County, SC
Plantation Details
  Other Names: The Point

  Timeline: 1800 - Earliest known date. 1801? - Two story house built by Ebenezer Coffin. The house sits on high ground overlooking St Helena Sound. 1861 - The Coffins were among the Sea Island plantation families who fled in front of advancing Union troops.

  Number of acres: 2000

  Crops: Primary crop - Sea island cotton

  Number of slaves: 260 (1861)

  Owners: Senator James Donald Cameron, Ebenezer Coffin, Thomas Aston Coffin, Ellis, Green, George C. and Priscilla McMillan, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McTeer (1951-1968), Edward Philbrick (1863), Pope, Rhodes, Thomas, S.W. Whitnell

Additional Information

The slave row on the street at Coffin Point was made up of 23 double houses intended for 46 families.  Along the entrance to the plantation is a cemetery once used for slaves.

At one time it was a hunting preserve.

Coffin Point Plantation was added in 1975 to the National Register of Historic Places.


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Towne, Laura Matilda, 1825-1901. Letters and Diary of Laura M. Towne : Written from the Sea Islands of South Carolina, 1862-1884. Edited by Rupert Sargent Holland. [S.l. : s.n., c.1912] .
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30-15 Plantation File, South Carolina Historical Society
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News & Courier Newspaper, February 26, 1933 List of plantation sales as it appeared in the Free South in it's issue of April 4, 1863, St. Helena Island plantations, the number of acres, to whom sold and the price bought prior to war.

Rowland, Lawrence Sanders; Moore, Alexander; Rogers, George C. Jr.  The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina. Columbia  Volume 1, 1514-1861: University of South Carolina Press, c1996.