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Mountain Home Plantation

Bamberg County’s Mountain Home Plantation near Govan was built around 1859. It was home to Clemson’s third president, Henry Hartzog.

The history of Bamberg County’s antebellum Mountain Home Plantation will come to life next weekend.

The event will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 at the historic plantation at 22951 Ehrhardt Road, 2 miles west of Govan. The public is invited.

Family members of the previous owners will share stories and historians will talk about what was happening in 1859, when the home was built. Also, information will be presented about Mountain Home through the years.

The home was built for Samuel Jackson and Mary Eliza Owens Hartzog, whose son, Dr. Henry Hartzog, went on to serve as president of Clemson in 1897.

The plantation was named Mountain Home because the terrain was very hilly. It is located near the Bamberg-Barnwell county line, not far from George's Creek Baptist Church.

William Gilmore Simms Jr., noted South Carolina author, historian and statesman, was married to the Hartzogs' daughter, Emma Gertrude Hartzog.

The plantation is listed on the "Mills Atlas of 1825" as "Mountain Home, plantation of Samuel Hartzog."

Today the 160-year-old home is owned by Linda and Jerry Bell.

The event is sponsored by the Historic Society of Bamberg County Inc. and the Bamberg County Arts Council. There’s no admission, but donations to the organizations are welcome.

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