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Alexandria Plantation – Yemassee – Beaufort County


Basic Information


  • 1735 – Earliest known date of existence The property was originally granted to Thomas Ferguson.
  • 1743 – Alexander Moon owned the property at this time. According to a deed, Moon mortgaged 1,000 acres on the Combahee River called Mount Alexander (Linder, p. 349).
  • 1757 – James Michie purchased the plantation from the estate of Alexander Moon.
  • 1760 – James Michie died in London. It appears that his plantation went to his daughter Mary and her husband Charles Ogilvie, a British merchant. It is not known if they made their home on the plantation.
  • 1777-1779 – Dr. Alexander Garden managed the plantation for the Ogilvies. It was during this time that estates belonging to Loyalists were confiscated during the American Revolution (Linder, p. 349).
  • 1784 – Charles Ogilvie petitioned the South Carolina General Assembly for the return of the plantation. It was eventually returned to his sons, Charles Ogilvie and John Alexander Ogilvie. However, 499 acres had already been sold to Colonel William Harden, an American officer. He named his acreage Alexandria. (Linder, p. 349).
  • 1785 – Colonel William Harden died and the property with the ricefields and buildings went to his wife Sarah Murray Harden.
  • 1790 – Sarah Murray Harden died and in her will it listed her sons as her heirs. To settle the estate, the plantation was sold to the administrators of the estate of Thomas Hutson. The administrators were Hutson's widow, Esther Maine Hutson, and two brothers-in-law, Major William Hazard Wigg and James Maine (Linder, p. 350).

    Richard Woodward Hutson, the youngest son of Thomas and Esther, lived on the plantation.

  • 1832 – Richard Woodward Hutson sold Alexandria to William B. Warren.
  • 1838 – William B. Warren sold the plantation to Colonel James Cuthbert. By this time Cuthbert already owned the original Mount Alexander lands. His purchase of Alexandria restored the plantation to its original acreage (Linder, p. 350).

    Cuthbert died and the property passed to his son James Cuthbert, Jr.

  • 1852 – James Cuthbert, Jr. died and his estate was sold to John White Gregorie on March 16, 1853.
  • 1853 – Mount Alexander was sold to Dr. William J. Jenkins.
  • 1866 – Jenkins lost the plantation when he failed to pay the mortgage. The mortgage was held by the children of Charles C. Gregorie. The Gregorie heirs held onto the property until 1900 (Linder, p. 351).
  • 1900 – The property was sold to Sanders Glover. Within ten days, Glover had sold the timber rights to Charleston Lumber Company and the land to James U. Jackson. (Linder, p. 351).

    Jackson had already purchased other tracts of land which he now combined in order to market the timber and form a hunt club.

  • 1903 – Jackson gave 1,000 acres to the Combahee Hunting Club. The rest of the acreage changed hands numerous times among various timber companies (Linder, p. 424).
  • 1910 – The Combahee Hunting Club sold the 1,000 acres to J.R. Paschall and Thomas Gresham. The property changed hands several times before it was owned by C. Leigh Stevens.
  • 1938 – C. Leigh Stevens reorganized the Savannah River Lumber Company, and as a fee for his services the company gave him several tracts of land. C. Leigh Stevens combined Old Brass (formerly Mount Pleasant), Mount Alexander, Charlton, Richfield, and Old Combahee to form a large piece of property. He then commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a plantation complex that represented a working farm. Frank Lloyd Wright is given credit for naming the complex Auldbrass (Linder, p. 425).
  • 1962 – C. Leigh Stevens died and left the plantation to his son and daughter. Jessica Stevens Loring bought out her brother and was the sole owner of Auldbrass.
  • 1979 – Jessica Stevens Loring sold Auldbrass. At some point a hunt club owned the plantation and used the house as a lodge.
  • 1987 – The Beaufort County Open Land Trust acquired the property and sold it to Joel Silver with the agreement that it would be open for tours on occasion. The buildings had been neglected for some time and were in poor shape. Silver began to restore the buildings. He still owns Auldbrass today. For more detailed info on the plantation complex created by Frank Lloyd Wright, please see Auldbrass Plantation.


  • Number of acres – 499 in 1784
  • Primary crop – Rice


  • Alphabetical list – Beaufort County Open Land Trust; Colonel James Cuthbert; James Cuthbert, Jr.; Thomas Ferguson; Sanders Glover; Charles C. Gregorie; John White Gregorie; Colonel William Harden; Sarah Murray Harden; Richard Woodward Hutson; estate of Thomas Hutson; James U. Jackson; Dr. William J. Jenkins; Jessica Stevens Loring; James Michie; Alexander Moon; Charles Ogilvie; Charles and John Alexander Ogilvie; J.R. Paschall and Thomas Gresham; Joel Silver; C. Leigh Stevens; William B. Warren


  • Number of slaves – ?


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Contact Information

  • Beaufort County Open Land Trust
    PO Box 75
    Beaufort, SC 29901

    Telephone: 843-521-2175
    Website: Click here