Auldbrass Plantation

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Old Brass
Auldbrass Living Room HABS SC,7-YEMA,1-6.jpg
Auldbrass Living Room
Auldbrass Plantation is located in South Carolina
Auldbrass Plantation
Auldbrass Plantation is located in the United States
Auldbrass Plantation
Nearest cityYemassee, South Carolina
Coordinates32°40′46.1″N 80°48′47.9″W / 32.679472°N 80.813306°W / 32.679472; -80.813306Coordinates: 32°40′46.1″N 80°48′47.9″W / 32.679472°N 80.813306°W / 32.679472; -80.813306
Area326 acres (132 ha)
ArchitectWright, Frank Lloyd
Architectural styleModern Movement, Other
NRHP reference #76001693[1]
Added to NRHPJune 3, 1976

Auldbrass Plantation or Auldbrass is located in Beaufort County, South Carolina, near the town of Yemassee.[2][3] The name is a variation of "Old Brass" which was the name given to the farmland and the local river landing. The earliest records from the farm are dated to 1736 when the farm was known as Mount Pleasant. An industrial engineer, C. Leigh Stevens, joined five parcels of land together along the Combahee River to form the plantation.

The main house, stable complex and kennels were designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1940–1951. Wright is credited with changing the name to "Auldbrass". The plantation was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. It was purchased in 1986 by film producer Joel Silver after Donna Butler, a FLW real estate appraiser, convinced him to restore it. Auldbrass Plantation is an extraordinary example of historic preservation and is open to the public one weekend every two years, most recently November 7–8, 2015.[4] Tours benefit the Beaufort County Open Land Trust.[5][6]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ McNulty, Katharine N.; Cindy Cole; Mr. and Mrs. Loring (October 17, 1975). "Old Brass (Auldbrass)" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Old Brass, Beaufort County (River Rd., Yemassee vicinity)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Auldbrass Tour". Open Land Trust.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Beaufort County Open Land Trust
  6. ^ Lee, Matt; Lee, Ted (2003-11-30). "Auldbrass Wasn't Rebuilt in a Day". New York Times.

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