Troy, South Carolina – Located a few miles west of Troy, Ivy Gates Plantation is an antebellum survivor. There’s history all around this home in the Long Cane Community. Once I stumbled on this house, I got curious to find out more about it. Interesting history here!
The house took about 2 years to build. The builder, Henry Gates of Atlanta, was building a couple of other large buildings in the area (we’ll see another of his buildings tomorrow). The house was being built for Dr. Asbury Tatum Wideman (1824-1884). Dr. Wideman didn’t practice much medicine, instead he focused on agriculture. At one time Ivy Gates Plantation was 1,300 acres.
The home stayed in the Wideman Family for several generations. The Wideman’s were a prominent family in the area, as we can see by this article about Dr. Wideman’s death in 1884:
The last of the Wideman’s to live here were Misses Clara and Jennie Wideman. In reading up on the family, I discovered they were known for giving “gracious pre-wedding parties” for brides in the area!
Lots more history to discover around McCormick County . The next blog post will focus on a nearby church with a fascinating history.
Ivy Gates Plantation & the Long Cane Community
So much history right around the corner from this house! The Long Cane Massacre of 1760 occurred nearby – this area was right on the frontier, and 23 settlers were killed.
.Just 20 years later, a Revolutionary War battle took place here. This video gives a great overview:
One last look at this beautiful home:
Dr. Wideman’s home and the Long Cane Community have quite the history. Thanks so much for reading the blog, I appreciate it!