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Wilson’s Farm

operated as the Salem Baptist Church.[1] After she died
on September 16, 1873, Mrs. Wilson was buried in the
burial ground she had reserved.[2]
A plat was drawn in 1893 which divided 36.53 acres of
the farm into regular streets and lots for development. Legal fights between the family and the city delayed sales but
began in 1898 and picked up pace in 1902 when commercial real estate companies were used to market the
development.[1]
In 2012, the Preservation Society of Charleston held a
special tour of the Wilson’s Farm neighborhood. The Society wanted to focus attention on areas above the Highway 17 divide of the Charleston peninsula.[3]
A plat of the farmland of Sophia Wilson from 1893 defines the
contours of the present-day Wilson’s Farm neighborhood.

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Wilson’s Farm is a neighborhood in Charleston, South
Carolina.[1] By 1746, a 55-acre tract of the upper
Charleston peninsula had been subdivided from a larger
parcel and sold to John Drayton who used the land as
a farm known as “Pickpocket.” In 1757, 52-acres were
transferred to Andrew Faesch and Peter Guinard. Pickpocket Plantation was managed by Sophia Faesch, and the
house on the plantation was known as “Sophy Hall.”[1]

Development of housing in Wilson’s Farm began in the
late 1890s and was largely complete by 1910. The build
out of the neighborhood bridged an earlier period during
which builders followed local customs (resulting in several traditional Charleston single houses) and a modern
era during which builders followed national trends (resulting in American foursquares and variants). Regardless of
form, late Victorian detailing can be seen on many of the
houses.
• 101 Fishburne Street
• 11 Carolina Street
• 13 Carolina Street
• 285 Sumter Street
• 65 Carolina Street
• 291 Sumter Street
• 12 Perry Street

Property at the northwest corner of Wilson’s Farm (now 570 Rutledge Ave.) has been used for church purposes since Mrs. Shepherd conveyed the land to the Episcopal church in 1823.

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By the 19th century, the land was owned by the Shepherd family. In 1823, Mrs. Sophia Francis Perry Shepherd granted four lots in what she envisioned as “Shepherdboro” to the Episcopal Church. She kept a 30 by 30
foot plot, however, for use as a family burial ground. The
burial ground still exists just to the east of what is today

[1] “Area Character Appraisal: Wilson’s Farm” (PDF).
Preservation Society of Charleston. November 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2014.
[2] “Sophia F.S. Wilson (1800-1873)". Find a Grave. Retrieved June 9, 2014.

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“Preservation Society branches out with upper peninsula tours”. City Paper. Retrieved June 3. 2014. 2012). Dan (May 2. Charleston. 2 REFERENCES .2 [3] Conover. South Carolina.

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