State Historic SiteAbout Redcliffe Plantation State Historic SiteRedcliffe Plantation was the home of James Henry Hammond (1807-1864) and three generations of his descendants. Hammond whose political career included terms as a United States Congressman, Governor of South Carolina and United States Senator, was perhaps best known during his lifetime as an outspoken defender of slavery. In an 1858 speech to the United States senate he coined the famous phrase "Cotton is King." Governor Hammond was a successful cotton planter and designed Redcliffe to be an estate for relaxation, entertaining and agricultural experimentation. The 1859 Greek revival mansion became the physical and emotional center for four generations of Hammonds. The Governor's great-grandson. John Shaw Billings (1898-1975), known for his position as managing editor of Time & Life magazines, restored Redcliffe's mansion in the 1930s.
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|Placed By||South Carolina State Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:39pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||17S E 419492 N 3697669|
|Decimal Degrees||33.41535000, -81.86588333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 24.921', W 81° 51.953'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 24' 55.26" N, 81° 51' 57.18" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 101-199 County Hwy 244, Beech Island SC 29842, US|
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