Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in
the South Carolina low country is dedicated to a man who fought in the Revolutionary
War and helped shape the Constitution of the United States.
©National Park Service
Charles Pinckney was one of
South Carolina's most distinguished
Pinckney was born in 1757 to a prominent family and grew up on Snee Farm, a coastal plantation. The 715-acre farm was a working plantation for almost 250 years. Rice was the main crop, though indigo and cotton were also grown, and slaves made up the labor force. In 1817, Pinckney sold the farm to settle his debts.
Pinckney began his public career at age 22 and went on to become one of South Carolina's most distinguished political leaders. The successful statesman served as one of four South Carolina delegates at the Constitutional Convention, and he was a four-term governor of the state. His four decades of public service also included terms as a state legislator, U.S. congressman and senator, and ambassador to Spain.
Congress authorized Snee Farm as a historical site in 1988 to preserve what was deemed a landmark of national value. Only 28 acres of the Snee Farm remain. The rest has been absorbed by surrounding communities. The story-and-a-half gabled house on the site was built in 1828, after Pinckney sold the property. It is typical of the simple but refined coastal cottages once common throughout the region. The site tells the story of Charles Pinckney, Snee Farm, and the United States as a young, emerging nation.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site Information
Address: 1214 Middle St., Sullivan's Island, SC
Hours of Operation: Open daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
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Eric Peterson is a Denver-based author who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the Western United States.