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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

  • Also Known As: Magnolia-on-the-Ashley

  • Address: 3550 Ashley River Rd
  • Vicinity: 10 mi NW of Charleston on SC 61
  • Neighborhood of West Ashley in Charleston
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1676/00/00 Arriving from Barbados to the new English colony of Charles Towne, Thomas Drayton and his wife Ann establish Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River.
1700/00/00 Thomas Drayton III Born Thomas Drayton is born at Magnolia Plantation along the Ashley River, outside of Charleston, the son of Thomas Drayton Jr and Ann Fox Drayton.
1708/00/00 Thomas Drayton IV Born Thomas Drayton is born.
1716/00/00 John Drayton Born John Drayton is born in 1715 or early 1716, the youngest of three sons to Thomas Drayton III and Ann Drayton at the family's Magnolia Plantation.
1724/00/00 Thomas Drayton III dies. His estate includes 1380 head of cattle, 112 horses, 3027 acres and 91 slaves who work 5 rice plantations.
1732/03/21 Judge William Drayton Born William Drayton is born the son of Hon Thomas and Elizabeth Bull Drayton at Magnolia Plantation, St Andrews Parish, in the Province of South Carolina, British America.
1825/00/00 Rev John Grimke Drayton Home Thomas and John Grimke inherit Magnolia Plantation from their uncle, Thomas Drayton, the great grandson of Magnolia's first Drayton (Thomas). A condition in the will requires that they take their mother's maiden name of Drayton.
1840/00/00 Rev John Grimke Drayton Health After contracting tuberculosis, John G Drayton takes the advise of his doctor, ("If you want to live, John, you must dig in the soil.") begins gardening at Magnolia-on-the-Ashley.
1870/00/00 Magnolia Plantation and Gardens opens for public tours.
1886/08/31 Rev John Grimke Drayton Plantation Owner Charleston Earthquake destroys plantation buildings and cracks the Drayton family tomb at Magnolia-on-the-Ashley. 1886 Charleston Earthquake

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Particulars for Magnolia Plantation and Gardens:
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Historic Use Graves, burials
Sight Category Historic District
Area of Significance Landscape Architecture
Level of Significance National
Criteria Person
Owner Private
Historic Use Secondary structure
Historic Use Single dwelling
Area of Significance Social History

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