Peter's Point Plantation

SW of Edisto Island off SC 174 on CR 764, Edisto Island, South Carolina


Peter's Point Plantation, Right Oblique

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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The Mikell family arrived on Edisto Island before the close of the seventeenth century and were well-established planters before I. Jenkins Mikell built Peter’s Point plantation house in 1840. Situated overlooking St. Helena Sound at the junction of St. Pierre’s Creek and Fishing Creek, the house possesses a picturesque view and a commanding setting. The site also marks the point of Lafayette’s departure from the island in 1826. The architectural design of the structure combines the style of the early Edisto Island plantation home and the Greek Revival style of the Charleston area in this period. The two-story rectangular dwelling has a low gabled roof with a pedimented boxed cornice and two five-flue chimneys which are offset from the ridge of the roof. It is supported by a high foundation of brick and tabby. The front façade is sheltered by a double piazza. Eight Tuscan columns of slender proportions are evenly spaced on both levels and support the double piazza. A balustrade encloses the piazzas of the façade. Mikell, a Princeton graduate, became one of the wealthiest planters in South Carolina; however, he shunned political life, serving only as a magistrate and commissioner of the public schools of Edisto. One of his projects was the landscaping of the grounds surrounding the house. Listed in the National Register June 19, 1973. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 19, 1973
Reference number
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Landscape Architecture; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • August 19, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • July 25, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description"