The National Parks Service says it plans to tear down an old cottage at the site of a former plantation belonging to a a signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Parks officials say the historic caretaker’s cottage at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site actually dates from the 1930s, but is in such a state of disrepair that it’s now unsafe for the general public to visit. Because the structure is among those at the site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, public input is required before NPS can demolish it.
Park spokeswoman Dawn Davis says the building was already in bad shape when the Parks Service bought the land in 1990. Due to its condition and overgrown location, the cottage is not open to the public.
“There was (a pest) infestation prior to the acquisition and it’s been sitting there,” Davis told South Carolina Radio Network. “Now it’s overgrown with vegetation. It’s dilapidated and there’s some hazardous material. So it’s become a safety issue for the public.
Snee Farm was once the rice and indigo plantation of Charles Pinckney who was among the South Carolina delegation that signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787. While none of the original home remains, a later house built in 1828 is now a museum at the park. The 80-year-old caretaker’s cottage was part of an original NPS plan to portray 200 years of agricultural history in the Lowcountry.
Davis said public comment is required by Sept, 9 before the plan can advance. To comment on the proposed demolition, the public is directed to visit the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website (the NPS preferred method of receiving comments) or written comments may be addressed to Caretaker’s Cottage Demolition, Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC, 29482.