Pee Dee River Rice Planters Historic District

National Register Listing
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Along the Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers, Georgetown, SC city Vicinity (Georgetown County)

NRHP Nomination

NRHP Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation


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Description and Narrative:
The Pee Dee River Planters Historic District includes extant buildings, structures, and ricefields associated with twelve rice plantations located along the Pee Dee River (Hasty Point, Breakwater, Belle Rive, Exchange, Rosebank, Chicora Wood, Guendalos, Enfield, Birdfield, Arundel, Springfield, Dirleton) and five rice plantations located along the Waccamaw River (Turkey Hill, Oatland, Willbrook, Litchfield, and Waverly) in Georgetown County. These plantations were part of a large rice culture in the county which flourished from the mid-18th century to early 20th century, with the particular resources in this district having a period of significance from c.1790 to c.1910. Plantations here produced most of the rice grown in South Carolina during that period when the colony, and later, the state, was the leader in rice production in America. This district includes five plantation houses (at Exchange, Rosebank, Chicora Wood, Dirleton, and Litchfield); two rice barns (at Hasty Point and Exchange); collections of plantation outbuildings (at Chicora Wood and Arundel); a rice mill and chimney (at Chicora Wood); and historic ricefields with canals, dikes, and trunks. The plantation houses are all frame houses with a central hall plan. Listed in the National Register October 3, 1988; Additional Documentation and Boundary Increase approved October 16, 2020.
Period of Significance:
circa 1815 – 1910
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Area of Significance:
Ethnic Heritage: Black;Architecture;Social History;Agriculture;Industry;Engineering
National Register Determination:
Date of Certification:
October 3 1988
Date of Boundary Increase:
October 16 2020