Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Plainsfield Plantation

Marker ID: SCHM 10-73
Location: 4611 Towles Road, Hollywood, SC
County: Charleston
Coordinates: N 32° 43.239    W 080° 11.075
  32.72065    -80.18458333
Style: Free Standing **


Plainsfield Plantation, on this site, and Pawletts Plantation, nearby, were established ca. 1690 by Joseph Blake (1663-1700), one of Carolina’s Lords Proprietors and governor of the colony 1694 and 1696-1700. Blake, who had come to the colony ca. 1685 and was soon a member of the Grand Council, named his plantations for locales in his native Somersetshire, England.

Blake was governor when he purchased Sir John Berkeley’s proprietary share in 1694. Blake, a Dissenter who supported religious liberty and citizenship for French Huguenots and other non-English settlers, died in office. The “Goose Creek Men,” planters who opposed his and the Proprietors’ policies on settlers and Indian trade, took control of the government after Blake’s death.

Erected 2012 by The Society of First Families of South Carolina 1670-1700.