- Location – Savannah Township, Starr, Anderson County
4800 South Carolina Highway 187, Starr, SC 29684
- Origin of name – ?
- Other names – Earle Home
- Current status – Privately-owned event site
- 1828 – Earliest known date of existence
In 1828, Samuel Girard Earle (1791-1848) purchased the property from Samuel Smith. He operated the land as a plantation and eventually built grist mills and a cotton gin (1). He also built a brick home located near a spring. His son, Julius Richard, was born here on September 11, 1929; the family later added a second floor made of wood.
- 1848 – Samuel Girard Earle passed away and willed the plantation to his oldest living son, Elias John Earle. Elias lived on the plantation in a different house than his father's. Neither structure are still standing (1).
Over the years the plantation's property was subdivided and sold (1).
- 1920 – A house on the plantation, called Ingleside, was lost to fire (1).
- 1923 – The house that currently stands on the property was built. It was originally knows as the Earle Home (1).
- Late 1990s – Ryan Faulkenberry acquired the 40-acre plantation and restored the house (1).
- Number of acres – Several thousand in the mid-1800s (3); 40 acres in 2015
- Primary crop – Cotton (1)
- Number of slaves – ?
References & Resources
- Evergreen Plantation - from SCIWAY with the following references:
– Work Projects Administration, Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume XIV, South Carolina Narratives, Part 3 (A Public Domain Book)
- – Historic Properties - Downtown Anderson organization
– Historical and Architectural Survey of Anderson County, South Carolina - PDF - National Register of Historic Places, p. 45
– Louise Ayer Vandiver, Traditions and History of Anderson County
- Information contributed by Russ Burriss, a Earle family descendant, from:
H.U. Earle, The Earles of Evergreen (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, 1984)
- John Baylis Earle Family Cemetery Document