Southern Plantation Homes
Based on the gracious antebellum manors of the deep south, Plantation house plans reflect a combination of rural practicality & Neoclassical, Greek Revival, & Italianate styles. The very picture of southern hospitality, Plantation style house plans welcome visitors with soaring columned porches & galleries that may extend across the front or wrap around all four sides of the home. Tall French windows swing in to let breezes cool the interior, while wooden shutters filter the southern sunlight.
Gippy Plantation, Berkeley County, SC. c. 1852. origin of name – Believed to be named for an old runaway slave who hid in "Gippy Swamp" in a hollow tree. Both Gippy and Jippy are Bantu (African) words for "short." For example, Tshitupa tshipi means "in a short time, in a jiffy"
Lowndes Grove House ~ also known as The Grove ~ 1786 ~ on the Ashley River. John Gibbes built the house and garden with greenhouses before the Revoluationary War. The original house burned during the war but the garden remained. The current house was built circa 1786 after the war on land divided between the heirs then passed through several owners to Wukkuan Lowndes in 1803. The home was renovated in 1830 when the upper piazza was added. Frederick Wagener held an Exposition there in 1901-02.