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Plantation: Davant of Jasper County, SC
Location US 278 at SC 462
Near Gillisonville, St Luke's Parish, Jasper County, SC
Plantation Details
  Other Names: The Oaks

  Timeline: 1770 - Earliest known date of existence John Hobard received a grant for 100 acres for services rendered to King George III. 1811 - Sold to Stephen McDonald 1813 - Sold to Williams Watters 1815 - Sold to John Cheney, who christened the property The Oaks 1828 - Cheney's daughter Evelina married lawyer Richard James Davant. Upon his father-in-law's death, Davant purchased the estate and changed its name to Davant Plantation. Biographical sketch of Davant - scroll down 1865 - Original Greek Revival home burned by Sherman's troops Davant dismantled a much simpler house located on a nearby plantation, which he also owned, and transferred it piece-by-piece to the site of his former home (Clark). 1939 - Sold to Edwin M. Berolzheimer House renovated by Berolzheimer 1991 - Sold to Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Rutledge Moore 1995 - Primary filming location for the movie Something to Talk About

  Currently: Special thanks to Rutledge Moore for his contributions to this page. Rutledge and his wife Frida have owned Davant since 1991. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Rutledge Moore, who reside on the plantation year-round and operate it as a hunting preserve (2006).
  Buildings: The Davant family burial ground is located on the property. One stone slab bears a verse and the inscription "Sarah Isabella, Eldest Child of Richard J. and Evelina J. Davant." Another slab bears a verse and the inscription "To the Memory of Mrs. Martha E. Craft, Eldest Daughter of John and Sarah R. Cheney." The dates of the two deaths are 1828 and 1829. Barns, kitchen smokehouse, stables, laundry house, three hunting cottages

  Number of acres: 2,100 acres (2006)

  Owners: Mary Berol, Edwin M. Berolzheimer, John Cheney, Richard James Davant, John Hobard, Stephen McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Rutledge Moore, William Watters

Additional Information
30-15 Plantation File, South Carolina Historical Society
Neuffer, Claude Henry, ed. "Names in South Carolina." Volume I through 30, 1943-1983, Columbia, SC: Published by the Department of English, University of South Carolina. Printed by The State Printing Company, Columbia, SC.
Iseley, N. Jane. Lowcountry Plantations Today. Greensboro, N.C. : Legacy Publications, c2002.