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Plantation: Duncannon of Barnwell County, SC
Location Near Aiken
Barnwell County, SC
Plantation Details
  Other Names: Melrose

  Timeline: 1835 - House built by Joseph Harley. Duncan and Walker expanded the house. Duncan added a library and plantation office. Walker added two bedrooms and two baths on the west wing, and on the east wing, Walker attached a separate kitchen building and added a dining room. Duncannon was spared by General William T. Sherman's troops as they burned their way across the South. Several nearby plantations were gutted but Duncannon was saved bacause a woman and her sick child sought refuse in an upstairs bedroom.

  Currently: Duncannon's land was sold to the government for SRP, International Paper Co., and Chem-Nuclear Systems Inc., where low-level radioactive waste is buried.
  Buildings: The former slave quarters were destroyed in an accidential fire in 1953.

  Number of acres: 10,000, 84 acres left in 1952

  Crops: Rice

  Owners: Billy Duncan (1863); Easterling; Harley; Thomas S. "Sandy" and Suzanne Wilson McMillan (1952); George Herbert Walker (1930).

Additional Information
  Duncannon was once a sprawling wildlife preserve an early 19th century plantation.  Former President George Herbert Walker Bush with his brother use to visit his grandfather Walker's Duncannon plantation.  He and his family spent many Christmases there.

30-15 Plantation File, South Carolina Historical Society