Coffin Point Plantation

3 mi. E of Frogmore at NE end of Seaside Rd. on St. Helena Island, Frogmore, South Carolina


Coffin Point Plantation

Photo taken by Michael Miller in November 2019




Coffin Point Plantation, once a prosperous Sea Island plantation was also a center of activity during the Port Royal Experiment in the early years of the Civil War. Coffin Point is a two-story clapboard structure with raised basement. Although the exact date of construction is unknown, Coffin Point possesses characteristics of the Federal style of architecture and is believed to have been constructed ca. 1801. As is traditional of many early nineteenth century houses in the sea islands, the foundation of Coffin Point is of tabby. The home features semi-elliptical doorways and dormer windows, a hip roof with dentil cornice, hooded chimneys, two cisterns in the basement, denticulated mantels, original pine floors, and a staircase with scroll pattern. The surroundings feature an avenue of oaks one-half mile long. The home overlooks St. Helena Sound. Ebenezer Coffin was born in Boston in 1763 and moved to South Carolina and settled at Coffin Point. His son Thomas Astor Coffin was in charge of the plantation until Union occupation of St. Helena in 1861. Prior to the Civil War Coffin Point was a well-known cotton plantation on the Carolina coast, having a reputation of being well managed and prosperous. In the early 1890s U.S. Senator James Donald Cameron, a Republican from Pennsylvania and Secretary of War during the Grant administration, bought Coffin Point. Listed in the National Register August 28, 1975. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 28, 1975
Reference number
Architectural style
Areas of significance
Military; Ethnic Heritage - Black; Literature; Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History; Agriculture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
Significant years
1801; 1861; 1865
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 1

Update Log 

  • December 2, 2019: New photo from Michael Miller
  • December 2, 2019: New photos from Michael Miller
  • August 15, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller
  • June 16, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description"

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