South Carolina Creepy, Nature April 28, 2022
The Creepiest Hike In South Carolina Takes You Through The Ruins Of An Abandoned Plantation
Historians and scholars of architectural ruins, this place is for you. Tucked away in a plantation in Hilton Head, take the short trail leading you straight into the past where some have seen ghost activity. Yes, these ruins may hold more history than walls and foundations. In addition to your camera, bring a tape recorder and see what sounds you might capture in this supposedly haunted corridor to the creepiest hike in South Carolina.
The Stoney-Baynard Plantation ruins remain amid the luxuriant Hilton Head Island in South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Located on Plantation Drive in Sea Pines, Baynard Ruins Park is on the right just after passing Baynard Cove Road and Marsh Drive, offering a dramatic contrast to modern life.
This path is easily accessible by bike or on foot, but watch out for the ghost of William Baynard.
According to legend, Baynard's ghost has also been spotted
Take the short hike if you dare, but watch out for old William, usually at night. And there may be more with him, as some have spotted his entire funeral procession.
It all started between 1793 and 1810, when Revolutionary War hero Captain John "Saucy Jack" Stoney built the plantation, an 1,885-square-foot home crafted from a mixture of oyster shells and timber, as part of Braddock’s Point Plantation.
In 1811, the home went to Stoney's sons, James and John, inheriting the outbuildings, slaves, and approximately 1,200 acres.
Here is a detailed look at the "tabby" cement used in the construction of these buildings that were once the Stoney-Baynard Plantation.
The mixture is made from the lime of burned oyster shells, mixed with whole shells, fresh water, and sand.
Each of the building ruins offer signage sharing the detailed history.
As the information tells you, William Baynard acquired the estate from the bank and known as a successful cotton planter, he lived in the home from 1840 to 1849.
After Baynard’s death, Union Forces raided the plantation during the Civil War, where many of the soldiers stayed. The family fled, and the home burned down in 1867.
As you gaze at the surviving ruins, imagine what that fire might have looked like way back then.
Take a closer through this wall remnant to the interior basement-level opening on the east side of the house.
Chimney supports are also visible.
And imagine what life might have been like all those years ago.
study presents the results of two years of archaeological research at Stoney-Baynard Plantation by the Chicora Foundation.
It is called, "In the Shadow of the Big House: Domestic Slaves at Stoney/Baynard Plantation, Hilton Head Island"
The archaeological investigations focused on the house slaves' quarters and the kitchen. In addition, testing was performed inside the main house and at a depression where locals believe a well was located.
Here are the surviving ruins of the foundation of the domestic slave quarters. Before the Civil War, two families of slaves lived in a 336-square-foot wooden house built on these footings.
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Address: Stoney Baynard Ruins, Plantation Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA