SINHG Evening Program At The Lake House
“What’s New At McLeod Plantation” with Leah Worthington, Lead Interpreter
Thursday, September 14th
Refreshments: 7 pm Program: 7:30 pm
The McLeod Plantation, on the banks of Wappoo Creek at the intersection of Folly Road and Maybank Highway on James Island, will be the subject of the Seabrook Island Natural History Group’s first evening program of the fall season on Thursday evening, September 14th, at Lake House.
Presented by Leah Worthington, the plantation’s Lead Interpreter, the program will explore the plantation’s history that stretches back to the first settlers on the creek in the late seventeenth century.
The thirty-seven-acre site includes the 1856 home of William Wallace McLeod, who greatly expanded the plantation during the antebellum period and built his mansion next to a six-hundred-year-old oak tree which still stands. Slave quarters which later served as the homes of freed slaves after the Civil War have been preserved and restored, along with a cotton gin, a renovated dock, and a slave cemetery. The plantation, which remained in the McLeod family until 1991, was acquired in 2011 by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, under whose guidance much of the restoration work has been accomplished.
All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome to attend Leah Worthington’s presentation. There is a $5 donation for non-SINGH members. Future programs this fall will include a presentation on the Sea Island’s Gullah culture and fossil hunting in the Lowcountry.
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-Submitted by Norm Powers, SINHG