Barrow Hill Plantation


Barrow Hill Plantation

"This article is about the plantation.For the adventure game, see Barrow Hill."

Barrow Hill Plantation was a large cotton plantation of 3990 acres (16 km2) located in central Leon County, Florida, USA established by John S. Winthrop.

Location

Barrow Hill Plantation had 2 tracts of land. The first tract would cover what is now western sections of E. Tennessee St, eastern parts of Miccosukee Road, and Leon High School. The second tract to the east bordered Joseph John Williams' La Grange Plantation on the west and would cover what is now a part of Chaires Cross, a part of Buck Lake Road, and Interstate 10.

Plantation specifics

The Leon County Florida 1860 Agricultural Census shows that Barrow Hill Plantation had the following:
* Improved Land: 2590 acres (10½ km²)
* Unimproved Land: 1400 acres (5½ km²)
* Cash value of plantation: $10,000
* Cash value of farm implements/machinery: $500
* Cash value of farm animals: $3000
* Number of slaves: 71
* Bushels of corn: 2,200
* Bales of cotton: 204

Agents on behalf of John Winthrop:
*R.S.D. Hays
*T.W. Lawrence

The owner

John S. Winthrop was a native of New Bern, North Carolina. Information shows that in 1860, Winthrop was still a legal minor. Due to the "SS Home" wreck of 1837, Winthrop was due to receive a large property inheritance originally going to Henrietta Smith, his great-grandmother and mother of the deceased Mrs. Hardy Croom of Goodwood Plantation. John Winthrop, like other planters, would feel the effects of the American Civil War and lose plantation land. Winthrop eventually built a fine home in Tallahassee in 1890.

Photo gallery

The below photos are of John S. Winthrop's home at 610 N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee. The home was built in 1890 by John and his wife, Lilia Chouteau Winthrop. It later went to John's son Francis B. Winthrop and wife Gertude Chittenden Withrop who lived there from 1910-1925. Guy Winthrop and wife Ada Belle Winthrop inhabited after.



References

* [http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/fl/leon/census/1860agri.txt Rootsweb Plantations]
* [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~ajac/flleon.htm Largest Slaveholders from 1860 Slave Census Sschedules]
*Paisley, Clifton; "From Cotton To Quail", University of Florida Press, c1968.


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