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McLeod Plantation
325 Country Club Drive
Charleston, SC 29412

McLeod Plantation is temporarily closed to the public as the structures are stabilized for safety and archaeological research is conducted. No unauthorized public access to this property is allowed.

On February 28, 2011, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission purchased McLeod Plantation on James Island. The property was purchased from the Trustees of Historic Charleston Foundation for $3.3 million. To ensure the protection and preservation of this historic site, consultants with experience in historic preservation developed a master plan for the property and prepared plans for the stabilization of the structures prior to enabling access to the plantation by the public.

A restored former slave cabin at McLeod PlantationMaster Plan Guiding Principles
  • Operate this iconic site as a public historic park with meaningful public access.
  • Provide relevant protections of any significant resources at McLeod Plantation.
  • Maintain a balance between public access and resource preservation.
  • Protect the site in perpetuity, while allowing for sensitive additions to facilitate public use and enjoyment.
  • Additions to the site must be executed in a manner that are sensitive to the overall significance of the site.
  • Provide education and interpretation of the unique tangible and intangible resources at McLeod Plantation.
  • Promote a broad and diverse understanding of McLeod Plantation’s regional, state and national significance.
  • Provide opportunities for the public to gain a greater understanding of regional, state and national history through creative partnerships.
  • Conduct and document a public engagement process that seeks input from the citizenry and other stakeholders.
  • Follow the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation in all efforts undertaken at McLeod Plantation.
  • Establish a thorough process for record keeping so that all actions at McLeod Plantation are well documented and can be referenced as an important tool in future decision-making.
  • Develop an environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable approach to provide a functional site and facilities that can be maintained within the county parks system.
We completed the McLeod Stabilization Phase in September 2012, which incorporated construction techniques and materials appropriate to the site’s historic environment, and archaeological research. Upon completion of the master plan, a development phase will immediately follow. Many, but not all of the features found in the master plan, will be included in this next phase.

View photos of the restoration in progressIn early January 2013, the projects’ consulting firm, The Jaeger Company, began work planning for the development of some features found within the master plan. Since the completion of the Stabilization Phase, and in preparation for the Development Phase of this ongoing project, our staff has engaged and teamed up with various consultants including landscape architects, interpretive planners, architects, engineers, surveyors, and archeologists to help with the process of developing this site sensitively and appropriately over this next phase.

Once construction begins with Meadors Construction Company, it is expected to take approximately one year to complete. It is our goal to open the site to the public as soon as the construction phase is finished. Plans for this construction phase are elements from the master plan and include: interior repair work to the main house, several cabins, garage, and gin house. Also to be developed will be the parking lots and some of the paths connecting various features to each other. New features to the site will include a welcome center, pavilion, and small maintenance building.

New information will be posted to this site on Tuesday, April 22.

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