The Ashtabula Plantation House is a 2-story “clapboard house” that sits on 10 acres of South Carolina land. In addition to a patio and herb garden, “the house has a very wide first-floor wrap-around piazza on its west and south sides” (“Visit Ashtabula”).
Between 1825 and 1828, Lewis Ladsen Gibbes built the home
with the intention to live in it year round, a rarity at a time when most
upstate homes were summer homes. He
created Ashtabula to be self-sufficient, as the plantation either grew or made
its own food, clothing, and farming equipment.
Gibbes’s son Charles took over the home after his father’s death and his
older brother chose to study medicine; Charles Gibbes lived here until the
1830s and the home fell to the next Gibbes brother, who sold the home in
The home then belonged to several
more owners throughout the 1800s and 1900s, including Fred W. Symmes, the last
private owner. Symmes purchased the home,
but never lived in because he wanted to preserve its history. After his death
in 1957, the Mead Corporation purchased the property to produce pulpwood before
the home was given to the Pendleton Historic Foundation for restoration in