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The Nisbetts of Dean & Dean Hall Plantation

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Sir Alexander Nisbett of Dean, Scotland purchased and named Dean Hall Plantation in South Carolina around 1725. Shortly after his arrival he built his home, a brick house that set six feet from the ground on an arched foundation with a veranda surrounding three sides of the lower story. There was a double flight of stone steps which lead to the entrance hallway which ran the entire length of the house. It was said that Dean Hall looked more like a village than a plantation with its pretty out buildings which surrounded the handsome home that is now called Nesbitt House.

Dean Hall was home to the Nisbett family for over 100 years and offered its hospitality to many distinguised visitors. The rice fields proved an excellent habitat for wild duck and deer. The hunt and horse racing were among the Plantation's most popular pastimes.

In 1821, Dean Hall was purchased by William A. Carson and care of the Plantation was turned over to its slave overseer. At the time of his death in 1854, Carson was a wealthy man with Dean hall being his most valuable asset.

In 1909, Dean Hall was purchased by Benjamin Kittredge from New York. Kittredge used the Nesbitt House as a business office in the 1930's while he was developing the former rice fields among the cypress swamps into the renowned Charleston area attraction; Cypress Gardens. Mr. Kittredge has since bequeathed the Gardens to the City of Charleston.

Nesbitt House Today

  • Nesbitt House was rediscovered among dense forests in 1967.
  • The House was relocated to Old House Tract, Fairlawn Barony, on Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC.
  • The classic 18th century building was restored in 1968.
  • The present owners have retained its original, typical, and simple plantation construction including, exposed hand-hewn beams, and rare corner posts.

The Nesbitt House now serves as administrative offices for the Berkeley County Economic Development Board, Arts and Crafts Center, and the Tourist Information Center.

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