Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Japonica Hall / Maj. J.J. Lucas

Marker ID: SCHM 16-39
Location: On S Main ST (US 15/52/401) at St. Davids St, Society Hill, SC
County: Darlington
Coordinates: N 34° 30.336    W 079° 51.509
  34.5056    -79.85848333
Style: Free Standing **


An earlier house here, which burned in 1892, had been the home of Dr. Thomas Smith (d. 1875), who married the widow of Judge Samuel Wilds. Lucas served Charleston District as a state representative 1856-1862.

In 1862, Lucas, a Citadel graduate, organized and became major of Lucas´ Battalion of Heavy Artillery, which spent most of the Civil War on James Island near Charleston. Maj. Lucas moved to Society Hill in 1865, and later served as a director of the Cheraw & Darlington RR and Atlantic Coast Line RR. Japonica Hall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Erected by the Darlington County Historical Commission, 1999