Chesnut, James and Mary Boykin, house

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
Mulberry Plantation, house
Street Address:
559 Sumter Hwy 521

Site Number:
1134
Control Number:
U/55/1134
Tax Number:
327-00-1
Date Surveyed:
January 4 2002
Category:
Building
Construction Date:
1820
Alteration Date:
1909;1940s;1964
Historic Use:
Residential/Domestic
Current Use:
Residential/Domestic
Historic Core Shape:
Square
Number of Stories:
3
Construction Method:
frame
Exterior Walls Materials:
Brick
Foundation Materials:
Raised Basement
Roof Shape:
gable, lateral
Roof Materials:
slate
Porch Width:
full facade
Porch Shape:
shed
National Register Determination:
listed;National Historic Landmark
Signficant Architectural Features:
Federal Style main house - 60 x 60 ft with two rear 22 x 25 ft additions. Slightly overhanging eaves have detailed cornice. Symmetrical fa├žade. Five interior chimneys with corbeled caps. Three dormer windows. Door with fanlight. Porch has fluted Doric columns. Three contributing outbuildings include two log barns (1840) and a brick cabin. (See Source of Information)
Historical Information:
The property is nationally significant for its association with Mary Boykin Chesnut, whose famous Civil War diary was later published. Mulberry was her primary residence when she wrote the majority of her diary.
Source of Historical Information:
National Register form and National Historic Landmark form.
Quadrangle Name:
Camden South