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Tombee Plantation, Beaufort County (St. Helena Island)
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Tombee Plantation is one of the few surviving antebellum plantation houses remaining on St. Helena Island. The structure retains much of its original interior detailing and is an example of the smaller plantation house which once existed on the sea islands in Beaufort County. The house is a two-story clapboard structure set on a high tabby foundation. Probably built ca. 1790-1800, Tombee was constructed in a T-shape, allowing each room to have window exposure on three sides. The structure has a gable roof. The front portico is single story with four square columns and balustrade; the rear fašade has a two-story balustraded porch with six square columns on each floor. Doors on each floor of the rear fašade have transom with semi-circular fanlight inset. Tombee Plantation was divided into tracts during the days of the “Port Royal Experiment” in 1862. It remained in the hands of descendants of freed slaves until 1971. Listed in the National Register September 18, 1975.

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