How large is Rose Hill plantation?
Estimates put the size of Rose Hill in the 1860’s between 7,000 to 8,000 acres.
Does the park service own the entire plantation?
No, the park is only the 44 acres immediately surrounding the Gist mansion. However, the remaining acreage is part of the Sumter National Forest and as such is also protected for future generations
What was grown on the plantation?
Cotton and corn were the two primary products. By 1860 Rose Hill was producing nearly 300 bales of cotton and 4,000 bushels of corn per year. Early in the site’s history, oats also appear to have been a significant crop.
How did William Gist move his cotton to market this far inland?
It is assumed he shipped the cotton via the Tyger and Broad Rivers. However, the Tyger is only navigable at certain times of the year. It may have been necessary to transport the cotton overland via wagon to the Broad River.
Does Rose Hill have “slave quarters” on the site?
The location of the “slave quarters” remains unknown although the park service continues researching the topic. What we do know is that in 1860 there were 17 structures at Rose Hill for housing approximately 178 enslaved individuals.
May I rent the grounds of Rose Hill for my wedding?
The grounds at Rose Hill Plantation may be rented for weddings and other events. Please review our regulations for rental of the grounds for pricing and other information.
What are your metal detection guidelines for State Parks and State Park properties?
Click here for a printable version of our guidelines concerning metal detector use on state parks and state park properties.
Where is the park’s Ultimate Outsider stamp located?
Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located at the park kiosk near the parking area.
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