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The Rocks Plantation, Orangeburg County (Eutawville vicinity)

The Rocks Plantation was built between 1803 and 1805 by Peter Gaillard, who recorded its construction in detail in his letter book. Originally one of several plantations of its type in St. John’s Parish, it is one of the few which were not inundated by the Santee-Cooper project in the 1940s. To preserve the Rocks, the owner, J. Rutledge Conner, moved it (along with slave quarters, smokehouse, and several other structures) approximately 1.6 miles. The Rocks is also recognized as having been the home of two South Carolina families who pioneered in the state’s agricultural development. The Rocks is a two-story frame structure set upon a raised brick basement. The Rocks exemplifies a regional style of architecture which features a type of paired, separate front doors. The house features a hip metal roof with two interior chimneys. Six Tuscan columns support a one-story portico. At the rear of the structure is a one-story shed addition with exterior chimneys at both ends. Listed in the National Register July 13, 1976. The Rocks Plantation has since burned. Removed from the National Register March 15, 2000.

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