Plantation Ruins and a Cursed Tree

9 thoughts on “Plantation Ruins and a Cursed Tree”

  1. We walked around Comingtee for about 5 hours today on both sides of the road all over the woods. I was comparing the trees that you guys found to the one from Weird Carolinas and I don’t think it is either of those. The last one you found with the iron ring on it would definitely not be it because no one would have ever touched it to put the ring on it. Both tree trunks look too “stumpy” while the one in Weird Carolinas is taller and more of a stretch up to the branches. Of qaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawI know 200 years can change a tree but it’s just my opinion. We found two trees that we compared to the proximity of the house in the ‘Weird’ photo and both could be a match as far as looks. One of the trees had an iron post very close to it that could have been part of the fence. Both ground areas had grown up so the stone the tree grew out of would have been covered.. Matt told me to walk directly across the road from the house steps which is what I did initially. Our second attempt we went a little left of that. We searched the woods all the way back to the road on the other side. We will definitely be going back. I think we also found the slave burying ground.

  2. Hi Pam,

    You found the burial ground? Cool! I feel pretty good about locating the tree…but we never even attempted to find the slave cemetery. It had already been a long day and a mighty storm was upon us. Since a number of us had touched the tree it is probably best we didn’t risk any hain’ts in that place!

  3. As my name implies, I’m a former resident of Rice Hope. I came across this post by chance when reading your articles about the lakes.

    I’m actually surprised you didn’t mention Rice Hope Plantation, which is just up the rode from the location in this post. (It’s now a B&B.) I grew up on Rice Hope Dr., which is just a stones throw away from where you are standing in these pics, so I know of all of these legends you spoke of.

    I must say you tell them beautifully!

    However, you left out on the more obscure legends that surround that area. According to local legend, one of the local Plantation owners ( I cant remember if they were from Comingtee or Rice Hope because it’s been soooooooo long) but the owner hid their most valuable gold and jewels under the old rice mill during the civil war to keep it safe from the Yankees.

    Rumor has it these items have never been found.

    Maybe you should go back and try and find them! I’m just joking, but in all honesty, I looked at your pics and my eyes watered because of all the memories I have of Strawberry Chapel, Rice Hope, and that whole area.

    So thank you for putting these pics up for the world to see.

    However, it makes me sad too.

    I, myself, visited the place a few years ago, and i just shook my head at all the changes I saw. The closed off, boarded up houses you saw on your trip belonged to the parents of friends of mine, and the local ramp (which was open to the public) was now closed off because of ‘divers’. My friends that lived along the river were forced out of their homes and off their land for the sake of history.

    It’s a shame really, but what can be done now?

    Anyway, thank you for putting your experiences out there for us to read. I really am thankful to be able to visit your blog, and see this place where I grew up.

    A Former Resident that lived at Rice Hope in the 80’s.

    1. Thank you so much for the additional information! Rice Hope sounds like an interesting place, and we’ll certainly have to check it out the next time we are down that way.

    2. The silver was actually found in the 1940s by Martha and Grover Sullivan. Martha and Grover are actually my great-great aunt and uncle. I asked her yesterday when she had found it. She said she couldn’t quite remember, she thinks it was 1946. The silver belonged to Srawberry Chapel and Biggins Church. After they found it, they gave it back to Strawberry Chapel since Biggins is only ruins. It can now be found Downtown in the Loebelein Gallery in the Charleston Museum. Its really a great story!

  4. I just spent the day working at Richmond Plantation (which is being restored) and came straight home to research the area. I am eager to get back to explore. Thank you for your post as we must certainly bring our bikes. I actually painted an enormous mural of historic sites in Berkley County but have never seen them in person. I can’t wait to follow in your footsteps.

  5. Hello. Interesting information on this site regarding the plantations. Can anyone provide me with detailed driving directions to Comingtee Plantation ruins? I have read everything I can get my hands on, as well looked at Map Quest, Google Maps, and Google Earth to no avail. Local people told me I could not “get there from here” kind of thing. Very frustrated. It seems like a very difficult place to find. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am driving up Hwy 52 from Summerville, South Carolina, about 25 miles south of Monks Corner. Thank you.

    Bob Sminkey

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