Redcliffe Plantation  State Historic Site
181 Redcliffe RD | Beech Island, SC 29842 | Phone: 803-827-1473 |

History & Interpretation


  • Programs and Guided Tours : Guided tours of the historic mansion are given Th – M at 11am, 1pm and 3pm for a fee. If school groups are scheduled on a day when we offer tours, the 11am tour will not be held. Please contact the park in advance if you are planning on attending an 11am tour.

    Special programs on multiple topics are held at least once a month throughout the year for varying fees. Please check our programs section for more information.

  • Historic Home : Yes
  • Historic Garden : An onsite heirloom garden explores the more than 120 years of gardening and agricultural history at Redcliffe. Garden themes vary from year to year and include: Antebellum Kitchen Garden, African-American Heritage Garden and Depression Era Kitchen Garden. The garden is generally open to the public only in the summer and/or fall. Call ahead for more details.

  • African American History : Redcliffe Plantation interprets the history of multiple generations of multiple families that were enslaved at Redcliffe and other Hammond plantations, or who worked as sharecroppers and/or paid employees from the 1831 through 1975. The site features two historic circa 1857 slave cabins. Visitors experience African-American history year round at the site during guided tours, special exhibits and special programs.

  • Civil War History : Visitors to Redcliffe will learn about the important role Redcliffe owner James Henry Hammond played in state and national politics leading to the secession of South Carolina and the start of the Civil War, as well as family life during the Civil War during guided tours of the historic mansion and special programs.

  • National Register of Historic Places : Yes
  • Designation : National Register
  • When & How PRT Acquired : Donated in 1973 from John Shaw Billings