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QFF 2021-08-27
Posted on Aug 27th, 2021

                         Quick Fact Friday
The Historic Phillips Community
Phillips Plantation, located along Horlbeck Creek and adjacent to what is now Hwy 41, was initially owned by Dr. John Rutledge and was named after his birthplace in Phillips County, Ireland. He was the Father of Edward Rutledge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and John Rutledge, signer of the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Rutledge, the first medical doctor in Christ Church Parish, is buried on the land he once owned.
The Phillips community, settled along Horlbeck Creek in the 1870s by freedmen, was named after the Phillips Plantation. After the Civil War, former slaves of Laurel Hill, Parker Island, and Boone Hall Plantations purchased the land in ten acre parcels and founded the Phillips Community. The freedmen who settled here were middle class tradesmen and successful businessmen whose descendants still own the land. As a significant cultural landscape that tells the story of formerly enslaved African Americans, Phillips has been deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and part of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor.
Would you like to help us add to the Historical Commission’s knowledge about the settlement communities? If you have old photos, documents, letters, etc., please contact Kate Miller at kmiller@tompsc.com.
The Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission releases Quick Fact Fridays about the history of Mount Pleasant and about the Commission, its programs and activities. Historical facts are drawn largely from the Our History section of the Town's website and the Commission's own Mount Pleasant Historical website and app. Follow their links by clicking on the images below to discover what makes Mount Pleasant such a distinctive historical place! To receive Quick Fact Friday messages click here to subscribe. Email us at kmiller@tompsc.com if you're interested in learning more about a particular Mount Pleasant history topic!
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