Blacksburg, South Carolina
April 30, 2005
Charles Pinckney was one of the early residents of Snee Farm. At the age of 22, Pinckney was elected as a member of the South Carolina General Assembly. He served bravely as an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Pinckney would also go on to serve four terms as governor of South Carolina, four years as U.S. Ambassador to Spain, as well as seats in the state and national legislatures. However, he is best known by far as a drafter and signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Today, only 28 acres of Snee Farm remain. The house, which serves as the Visitors Center, was built in the 1820s, after Pinckney had sold the property. Interpretive displays tell about the history of the farm, the Pinckney family, the daily working of an 18th-century plantation, and the African-American slaves who lived at Snee Farm. Archaeological remnants of some of the original brick structures are still visible. The park is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/chpi.
From journal South Carolina: Battleground of Freedom