The foundation located on Mansfield Drive is the remnants of Archdale Hall. The plantation was the longest family owned plantation in South Carolina. The area behind the house site contains numerous azaleas, lilies and other garden flora that were part of the garden in 1886 when the house was destroyed. The Archdale Civic Association is currently cleaning the undergrowth and plan on preserving the foundation and gardens for the enjoyment of current and future residents.
The house site is a historical landmark and as such is protected by law.
Please do not walk on the foundation walls, dig for artifacts, or remove
any items from the site. For more information or if you want to help,
please click here to contact........ The President of Archdale Civic Association.
|Land Grant from King Charles||April 1, 1683|
|Richard Baker (original owner)||1681-1698|
|William Baker (brother) (built house)||1698-1718|
|Richard Baker (son)||1718-1752|
|Richard Bohun Baker I (son)||1752-1783|
|Richard Bohun Baker II (son)||1783-1837|
|Richard Bohun Baker III (son)||1837-1865|
|Richard Bohun Baker (Nephew)||1865-1901|
|House destroyed by the Great Earthquake||Aug. 31, 1886|
|Emma Grimke-Drayton (Niece)||1901-1944|
|Glen Grimke-Drayton (Grandson)||1944-1962|
|Land sold outside the family to developer||1962|
|Archdale Civic Association receives 2 acre house site from C&S Bank||1996|
Front of house taken after the earthquake (around Sep 20, 1886).Front of house (170K)
Left side of house taken after the earthquake (around Sep 20, 1886).Left side (153K)
Plat of Archdale Plantation shortly after the birth of the United States 1791 Plat (324K)
Foundation ruins from front of house.
The bricks in the foreground are the remnants of the front steps. (March 29, 2008)Front step ruins (291K)
Foundation ruins from left side of house.
The bricks to the right are the remnants of the front steps. (March 21, 2000)From left side (283K)
Close-up of the front steps. (March 21, 2000)Front step closeup (284K)
Some of the azaleas in spring time bloom.
These azaleas are the same as were in the garden in 1886. (March 21, 2000)Azaleas in bloom (269K)