History today is actually “our” history forever! Almost 200 years ago, a legacy of hard work, immense pain, and ultimate progress were the elements that created Brickyard Plantation.
If you’ve lived in Brickyard Plantation for more than even a brief period of time, you know that Brickyard is the “sister” property to Boone Hall Plantation, which is located on U.S. Highway 17. In fact, Boone Hall tour guides tout the Brickyard area as the industrial side of economic growth for the entire Lowcountry more than 175 years ago. Yes, the brick industry was booming “back then”! Manufacturing brick on Brickyard land helped to bring richness to Charleston and surrounding areas. It was happening right here in our own backyards…maybe our front yards. For more than 30 years, archaeologists have gathered evidence that Brickyard Plantation was more than a pretty Southern treasure. Scientists have chronicled the story of enslaved craftsman who carved out land that we enjoy every day. In tracking history, those scientists can mark and make evident those times that we should never forget.
Today, Brickyard Plantation is a neighborhood that is steeped in rich and challenging history. Few of us know that the white picket fenced waterway that we cross on our way to Brickyard’s boat landing is actually known as Butterfly Lake. It is a manmade lake that resembles a butterfly in aerial footage. That lake was excavated by enslaved workers to bring up the clay that was molded into the brick that shaped Fort Sumter. It was the brick that now holds the façade of the Boone Hall home in its great majesty. Even more amazing is the quiet chimney that towers over the cul-de-sac that we navigate around as we head out on our water journeys.
Members of the Brickyard community, along with its community volunteers, are working to create historic markers that memorialize the rich history of our neighborhood. We need your help to remember these priceless endeavors of history. We are working today to create two historic markers to commemorate Brickyard’s Butterfly Lake and The Chimney, which helped to create bricks that still exist today! The Mt. Pleasant Historical Commission has endorsed these efforts and supports the work being done to forever remember these historic landmarks. As a community, we can preserve the history of Brickyard Plantation, but we need your help. DONATE TODAY!!