The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is where visitors to Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, will find the remnants of a costal plantation that once belonged to Charles Pinckney, an author and signer of the United States Constitution. Colonel Charles Pinckney purchased Pinckney farm in 1754 as a 715-acre plantation known as Snee Farm. Colonel Pinckney’s son, Charles spent his childhood at the plantation and became the owner of the farm in 1782.
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Charles Jr. continued the family tradition of slave grown rice and indigo plantation farming and went on to become a politician after the Revolutionary War and US Constitution was drafted in which he was a sponsor. Pinckney was governor of South Carolina for four terms and served on Thomas Jefferson’s cabinet as Minister to Spain in 1801-1805.
Snee Farm was sold in 1817 and had many owners over many decades and saw continued agricultural use until the 1930’s when the property became a country vacation home and ceased operating as a working farm. The property was broken up by the 1970’s for suburban development with the 28-acre core being designated for the National Register of Historic Placed in 1973 being made a national historic landmark.
In 1986 Snee Farm was bought by a developer who installed utilities who then sold the property to Friends of Snee Park who then sold the site to the National Park Service for preservation. In 1988 Congress established Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. The original buildings belonging to the Pinckney’s are no longer there, however the 1828 farm house tells the history of the South Carolina Lowcountry from Revolutionary times to mid-20th century.
Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is open 7 days a week from 9am to 5pm and only closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving Day. The site is gated with gates locking promptly at 5pm. All attractions at this site are free to the public. Tours are self-guided. Groups are encouraged and need no prior reservations. Parking is available for busses and RVs.
1828 Lowcountry Coastal Cottage- This cottage was constructed on the property in 1828 and serves as the museum and visitor’s center with exhibits, films, archaeological displays, and volunteers that can answers questions about the history of the Snee Farm and Charles Pinckney’s connection to the property as his boyhood home and business for many years.
Nature Trail- A nature trail leads past the Cottage and through towering canopies of live oak and Spanish Moss that have been on site since before Charles Pinckney was born. Visitors can also stroll through the ornamental gardens and explore exhibits that tell of the lives of slaves on the plantation.
Education and Volunteer Programs
Jr. Ranger Program- Any child can become a Jr. Ranger by printing or picking up a Jr. Ranger activity book. Inside this guide are activities that children can complete to learn more about how to take care of our national parks, interviews that they can conduct with Park Rangers, and games to play. Once they fill up their book, they earn their Jr. Ranger Certificate!
Field Trips- Charles Pinckney National Historic Site welcomes educators to bring their classes to Snee Farm and hold outdoor classroom experiences. The National Park Service has provided curriculums that can be used in conjuncture with an educator’s lesson plan at the site. These teacher guides and resources are available online. The National Park Service also offers comprehensive programs to schools that involve activities such as ranger lead walks, video presentations, or formal activities. These lessons vary from site to site. More information can be found by contacting the National Park Service in South Carolina.
The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is host to many special events throughout the year. These events such as concerts, ranger programs, workshops, lectures and other presentations are updated on the National Park Service Calendar of events on the website.
Annual Naturalization Ceremony- Every year in the fall, South Carolina and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services holds a naturalization ceremony at the Snee Farm to welcome new United States citizens.
Snee Farm Plantation Heritage Day- This annual celebration showcases the history of the historic site as a plantation farm and how the Pinckney family business thrived in the Lowcountry. The Heritage Day features musket demonstrations, live music, a ranger lead tour of the farm, crafts, games and many family friendly activities with picnicking encouraged.
1254 Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, 29464, Phone: 843-881-5516