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Welcome to Woodburn and Ashtabula
Historic Houses in Pendleton, SC...

For wedding and grounds rental information contact Jackie at 864-650-0003


OLD FARM DAY - Ashtabula - Saturday, March 28, 2015 10 am - 3 pm. $5 per car. $3 for house tour. This one-day festival is designed to celebrate the rich heritage of agriculture in the Upstate.


Share your time, skills, and talents. Volunteers needed!








Teachers: click "Learn/Teachers" for information about field trips.


Woodburn is a graceful four-story clapboard plantation house built c. 1830 with a wrap-around-2-story piazza built as a summer home by Charles Cotseworth Pinckney (1789-1865). The house is an excellent example of an early 19th century SC Upcountry plantation house. While owned by members of the wealthy Adger family of Charleston, the house was expanded to 18 rooms, and the farmland was increased to over 1,000 acres. The historic site now consists of the house museum furnished with antebellum antiques and family artifacts, situated on 10 acres of the original plantation with a walking trail to the ruins of other farm outbuildings. Also on site are three outbuildings, a reproduction of the Adger Victorian Carriage house that contains the traveling coach of Thomas Green Clemson; a one-room c.1810 log house built by Robert Moorhead serving as the cookhouse; and a reproduction of a slave/tenant house interpreting the life of Jane Edna Hunter, the African-American activist who founded the Phyllis Wheatley Society, who was born in such a house at Woodburn in 1882.

Directions to Woodburn: 130 History Lane, Pendleton, SC 29670

From I-85, take exit 19B (US76). Turn onto US76 N towards Clemson and Pendleton. Continue for approximately 9 miles to the traffic light at Woodburn Rd. The campus of Tri-County Technical College will be on the right. Turn left at this intersection, and look for the sign for Woodburn at the corner after turning across US76. The large sign marks the entrance to History Lane. Turn right onto History Lane and continue to the end where the gate of Woodburn is located.

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Carriage House and Cabin at Woodburn


Ashtabula is a charming two-story clapboard plantation house built c. 1825 by Lewis Ladson Gibbes (1771-1828) and his wife, the former Maria Drayton and later owned by their son Lewis Reeves Gibbs, the famous SC naturalist. The house was expanded to 10 rooms by later owners and the farmland expanded to over 1,000 acres. The orginal 2-story brick building on the site dates to before 1790 and was the site of a traveler's tavern prior to the building of the main house. This building was later attached to the main house with a breezway and was used as the plantation kitchen, and other rooms are interpreted as servant's quarters and a school room. Ashtabula is a house museum situated on ten acres of open ground with its colonial period brick dependency and well house. The house was restored by the Pendleton Historic Foundation and furnished with antebellum antiques and family artifacts.

Directions to Ashtabula: 2725 Old Greenville Hwy, Central, SC 29630

From I-85, take exit 19B (US76). Turn onto US76 N towards Clemson and Pendleton. Continue for approximately 8 miles to the intersection with Bus. SC 28. There will be a traffic light at this intersection and a shopping center. Turn right onto Bus. SC 28 (Mechanic St). and continue on Mechanic St. for apprxoimately one mile to the Pendleton town square. At the traffic light on the town square, turn right onto SC 88 (E. Queen St.) and follow signs for SC 88 (Greenville St.) and Ashtabula. The gate to Ashtabula will be on the left apprxoimately 3 miles from town square.

Ashtabula Annex pictured above.

Both Woodburn and Ashtabula are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are sites on the SC National Heritage Corridor.

The Pendleton Historic Foundation wishes to thank Ashley Cowden, and her Business Writing Class at Clemson University for their assistance with the website. Ashley Cowden may be contacted at


farm day


Wedding and grounds rental information call Jackie at 864-650-0003

Private tours can be arranged for groups of 6 or more -
advanced reservations are required - (based on volunteer/docent availability)
call 864-646-7249 during office hours.

Office Hours: Tues., Wed. and Fri. 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

Office number - 864-646-7249

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See a preview of our houses: Ashtabula and Woodburn

Watch Manse Jolly talk about his life in Pendleton After the Civil War at Meet the Pendletonians

Click Here to see the Philip Cheney Civil War Singers Perform at Woodburn Plantation

Click here to watch the Jane Edna Hunter Documentary Trailer


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