Point of Pines Slave Cabin from Edisto Island SC heads to the Smithsonian

Slave Cabin that is headed to the Smithsonian from Edisto Island, SC

Slave Cabin that is headed to the Smithsonian from Edisto Island, SC

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has acquired a historic slave cabin from the antebellum period, located at Point of Pines Plantation on Edisto Island, S.C. The museum is currently conducting research on the cabin, the history of the Point of Pines Plantation and the lives of African Americans associated with the site. Additional research assistance has been provided by Lowcountry Africana, a non-profit organization dedicated to African American genealogy in the South.

In late November 2012, the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society contacted the museum about a cabin located at the Point of Pines Plantation. The cabin was donated to the Preservation Society by the Burnet Maybank family, owners of the Point of Pines Plantation. NMAAHC officially acquired the cabin in April 2013.

On Monday, May 13, a museum contractor will begin to dismantle the cabin from its current site on Edisto Island. The dismantling is estimated to take 8–10 days.

Preliminary Dismantle Schedule
Monday 5/13/13: Marking, tagging and removing non-period material
Tuesday 5/14/13: Removing siding and roofing material
Wednesday 5/15/13: Taking the roof framing down and removing flooring
Thursday 5/16/13: Dismantling the frame of the building
Friday 5/17/13: Packing the pieces of the building
Saturday 5/18/13: Packing finished and heading to the Washington area

Location
Point of Pines Plantation, Edisto Island, St. John’s Colleton Parish, Charleston County (located off Route 174 on Point of Pines Road).

Research
The following are preliminary research results for the slave cabin located at the Point of Pines Plantation. The information provided will help with further research regarding life at the plantation.

The plantation was started by the first settler on Edisto Island, Paul Grimball, in 1674. The plantation was destroyed by Spanish marauders in 1686. The Grimballs re-established the plantation and owned it until Oct. 14, 1789, when Paul Grimball, a descendant of the original owner, with his wife, conveyed the land to Ralph Bailey. The property known as Point of Pines Plantation remained so named after the change in ownership.

Ralph Bailey III was born 1752 on Edisto Island, S.C., and died in 1798 at Point of Pines Plantation, Edisto Island, S.C.

The private register of Rev. Edward Thomas, as the Rector at Trinity Church on Edisto Island, S.C., from 1827 until 1829 includes extensive information on the free and enslaved people affiliated with the Bailey family.

Joshua Grimball, a descendant of Paul Grimball, the original owner of the Point of Pines Plantation, owned enslaved Africans named Wando Pompey, Angolo Ned, Gamboa Sampson, Gamboa George, Angola Sampson, Angola Jack, Cato, Dago and Cudgo. The information regarding the names of the enslaved are based on the estate inventory of Joshua Grimball, dated Jan. 13, 1758, which includes the names of more than 90 enslaved at Point of Pines Plantation.

If you have any artifacts in your family history related to Point of Pines Plantation that might add to this story, please contact toni@lowcountryafricana.com or leave a comment here.

This is such an exciting story!

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2 comments on “Point of Pines Slave Cabin from Edisto Island SC heads to the Smithsonian
  1. Chrissy Lapeyre says:

    very cool

  2. It is very moving to see the Edisto slave cabin restored in the African American Smithsonian Museum on the mall in Washington, DC. The sea cotton plantation in SC was one of the first to be freed and Union soldiers encamped there. Descendants of slaves and slave owners came together to help dismantle this remaining slave cabin for the Smithsonian. We can all learn from our history.

    Martha F. Barkley. Charleston, SC

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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