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Pinehurst Tea Plantation records

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 0203

Collection Overview

Financial records, letters and correspondence, plats, and printed materials relating to the Pinehurst Tea Plantation founded in Summerville, South Carolina, by Charles U. Shepard. Financial records include mortgages, titles, receipts, abstracts, and deeds relating to the sale, purchase, and transfer of the property and properties that would become the Pinehurst Tea Plantation, including Carew Farm and Newington Plantation. Records also include letters and correspondence between Charles U. Shepard, Harriet K. Minot, Samuel Lord, G. W. Dingle, and others relating to various surveys and lot measurements of Pinehurst, routine financial matters including payments, transfers, and agreements related to Pinehurst, Carew Farm, and Newington Plantation as well as letters and correspondence of Harold M. Sebring re the history of tea cultivation in South Carolina. Plats include a plat for a piece of land surveyed in Colleton for an A. Fogartie, a plat for a portion of "The Tea Farm," a plat showing proposed hotel site and golf links on the Pinehurst Tea Farm property, and assorted hand drawn plats. Printed materials include an oversize scrapbook of clippings compiled by Shepard relating to the Pinehurst Tea Plantation and tea production, culture and trade, the U. S. Department of Agriculture Report Tea Culture: The Experiment in South Carolina by Shepard, Shepard's obituary in The Parish Leaflet, "Growing Tea in Summerville" by Harold M. Sebring, and a postcard depicting azaleas at Pinehurst Tea Farm.

Dates

  • 1855-1993

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Historical Note

Founded by Charles U. Shepard (1842-1915) for his experiments in tea cultivation, production, and marketing, the Pinehurst Tea Plantation was a tea farm located in Summerville, South Carolina. In July of 1888 Shepard acquired "a portion of that tract of land, known as Newington" comprised of 408 acres from Harriet K. Minott, who had inherited the land from her grandfather Henry A. Middleton. In March of 1889 he purchased an additional 135 acres as well as various tracts and lots adjacent to the property. On it Shepard planted 90 acres of tea trees, many of which were from earlier tea cultivation experiments previously conducted in Summerville by the U. S. Government, including an Assam-hybrid and other varieties from India, Japan, and China. In addition, he built a two-story, 2,000 square foot production facility equipped with two hot air drying machines and a tea-rolling machine. He also planted and maintained many ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers on the property. In 1899, he received a small subsidy from the U.S. Government and was appointed as Special Agent in Charge Tea Investigations for the U. S. Department of Agriculture. After his death, tea production was discontinued and the farm abandoned. In 1919 the property was sold by his heirs to Frederick G. Boswell, who would sell the property to Harold M. Sebring in 1955. The property was eventually developed into what is now known as the Tea Farm subdivision, the Salisbury Acres subdivision, and the Summerville Country Club.

Extent

1.25 linear feet (1 document box, 1 slim document box, 1 oversize volume, 1 oversize paper folder)

Abstract

Financial records, letters and correspondence, plats, and printed materials relating to the Pinehurst Tea Plantation founded in Summerville, South Carolina, by Charles U. Shepard for his experiments in tea cultivation, production, and marketing. Materials relate primarily to the sale, purchase, and transfer of the property and properties that would become the Pinehurst Tea Plantation.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials were donated in 2012 by Sarah Elizabeth Mueller-Roer.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Minor, February 2017.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Pinehurst Tea Plantation Records, 1855-1993
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Joshua Minor; machine-readable finding aid created by: Joshua Minor
Date
2017
Description rules
Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Charleston South Carolina 29424
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