Hopewell Plantation, Clemson University Campus, near intersection of Old Cherry Road and Old Stone Church Road, Clemson, Pickens County, SC
2006 Charles E. Peterson Prize
Significance: Built about 1785 initially a log structure, Hopewell is representative of a rural house type, which was common in the late 18th and early 19th century in the backcountry of South Carolina. Beginning with a small log structure as a frontier pioneer home of General Andrew Pickens. Hopewell was substantially enlarged by Pickens and was his plantation home for approximately 20 years. Hopewell was later home to his son Andrew Pickens, Jr., his son Francis Wilkinson Pickens; the house today is also called Cherry Farm from the name of a later occupant.
The significance of Hopewell rests on the national stature of Gen. Pickens. Pickes is significant for contributions as a Revolutionary War General and later as a Native-American negotiator. While Pickens heroics at the Battle of Cowpens are well known, his decades of negotiations with the Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Chickamaguas was monumental in peaceful treaties and cohabitation with Native-Americans following the Revolution. Most notable the Treat of Hopewell with the Cherokees, Choctaws, and Chickasaws still provide civil liberties to Native-Americans...
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N1428
Survey number: HABS SC-873
Building/structure dates: ca. 1785
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 70000560