Charles Pinckney's father purchased Snee Farm in 1754 and the land remained in the Pinckney family as a Lowcountry plantation until the younger Pinckney sold the property in 1817. No Pinckney structures survive at Snee Farm today. Family papers that may have provided insight into the family's use of the property were likely destroyed in a Charleston fire in 1861. Most of what is known about the family's years at Snee Farm has come from archaeological investigations. Besides providing insight into how life at the plantation shaped Charles's views towards public service and politics, archaeology also offers an opportunity to understand the lives of Snee Farm's enslaved population. Professional excavations of the park's archaeological resources began in 1987 and uncovered remains of several Pinckney-era outbuildings including the kitchen site, well, and portions of the slave community at the plantation. These discoveries offer the opportunity for more accurate interpretation of South Carolina Lowcountry during the 18th and 19th centuries and allow researchers to explore the lives of all the property's former inhabitants.