• Charles Pinckney

    National Historic Site South Carolina

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Charles Pinckney?

Who is Charles Cotesworth Pinckney?

Who is Eliza Lucas Pinckney?

Was this Charles Pinckney's house?

Where is Charles Pinckney's house?

What happened to Charles Pinckney's Snee Farm house?

What about other buildings at Snee Farm?

Did George Washington eat breakfast here?

Who is buried under the marker in the oak grove?

What crops were grown at Snee Farm?

Why did Pinckney have to sell Snee Farm?

How many slaves worked at Snee Farm?

What is the Lowcountry?

Who are the Gullah/Geechee people?

What kind of tree is that big one with long arms?

Who is Charles Pinckney?
A founding father and South Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention, Pinckney introduced a complete plan of government during the opening days of the convention. Many of Pinckney’s recommendations were adopted, earning him the nickname of “Constitution Charlie.”

Who is Charles Cotesworth Pinckney?
Constitution Charlie’s 1st cousin (once removed) who was also a South Carolina delegate to the Constitutional Convention.

Who is Eliza Lucas Pinckney?
Known for promoting indigo as a colonial cash crop, as a 16 year old she managed her father’s South Carolina plantation. She was the mother of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and Constitution’s Charlie’s great-aunt.

Was this Charles Pinckney's house?
No, the existing house was built around 1828, or four years after Pinckney died and 11 years after he sold Snee Farm. The existing circa 1828 house serves as the park's visitor center and museum.

Where is Charles Pinckney's house?
Pinckney's main residence was located at 16 Meeting Street in Charleston. That building was demolished in the 1850s to make way for the Calhoun Mansion. Pinckney's Snee Farm house was located where the existing house now stands. It was the same size and shape, except for the wings (added in 1936).

What happened to Charles Pinckney's Snee Farm house?
The Pinckney farmhouse was torn down around 1828 when this house was constructed. It is believed that a combination of coastal storms and lack of upkeep during the early 19th century rendered the Pinckney-era Snee Farm house uninhabitable.

What about other buildings at Snee Farm?
There are no standing Pinckney-era structures in existence at Snee Farm. Archeological excavations have revealed the locations of several dependencies of the farmhouse, the well and of three slave houses. These sites have been marked with modern brick to indicate the locations, sizes and shapes of the structures.

Did George Washington eat breakfast here?
During President Washington's 1791 tour of the southern states, Governor Charles Pinckney, preparing for Washington's arrival in the state capitol of Charleston, invited the President to breakfast at Snee Farm on his way to the city. Tradition holds that Washington breakfasted under an oak, after which he proceeded into Charleston to meet with Governor Pinckney. Washington's diary confirms that he stopped and "[b]reakfasted at the Country seat of Governor Pinckney about 18 miles from our lodging place and then came to the ferry at Haddrells Point [to cross the river to Charleston]."

Who is buried under the marker in the oak grove?
Nobody! Download our site bulletin for more information.

What crops were grown at Snee Farm?
Early crops included rice, indigo and table crops such as peas and, corn. Later, cotton and pecans were grown.

Why did Pinckney have to sell Snee Farm?
To pay off debts. Pinckney inherited properties encumbered with debt. He also devoted his time to public affairs while his business and property interests were mismanaged.

How many slaves worked at Snee Farm?
Based on a 1787 inventory, an estimated 40 slaves worked and lived at Snee Farm.

What is the Lowcountry?
The coastal plain of South Carolina and Georgia reaching inland about 30 miles.

Who are the Gullah/Geechee people?
Descendants of enslaved Africans who developed a creole language and unique culture that maintains many African cultural patterns. Gullah and Geechee people live mainly along the coast from Wilmington, North Carolina to Jacksonville, Florida.

What kind of tree is that big one with long arms? Live Oak.

Did You Know?

U.S. Capitol building

Charles Pinckney served in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Missouri Compromise Debates of 1820. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, SC