Cassina Point

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Cassina Point
Cassina Point (House), County Road 1989 vicinity, Edisto Island (Charleston County, South Carolina).jpg
Cassina Point
Cassina Point is located in South Carolina
Cassina Point
Cassina Point is located in the US
Cassina Point
Location 1642 Clark Road, Edisto Island, South Carolina
Coordinates 32°35′29″N 80°15′03″W / 32.59139°N 80.25083°W / 32.59139; -80.25083Coordinates: 32°35′29″N 80°15′03″W / 32.59139°N 80.25083°W / 32.59139; -80.25083
Built 1847
Architect unknown
Architectural style Greek Revival
NRHP reference # 86003210[1]

Cassina Point (also known as the Hopkinson House) was built in 1847 for Carolina Lafayette Seabrook and her husband, James Hopkinson. Carolina Seabrook was the daughter of wealthy Edisto Island planter William Seabrook. William Seabrook had hosted Gen. Lafayette in 1825 at his nearby home at the time of Carolina's birth. William Seabrook gave Gen. Lafayette the honor of naming the newborn child, and the general selected Carolina (for the girl's birthplace) and Lafayette (after his own name). When Carolina Seabrook married James Hopkinson, they built Cassina Point on the land given to them by William Seabrook.[2]

Cassina Point was photographed by a Union soldier in 1862.
Sweet potato planting, Hopkinson's Plantation, 1862
Escaped slaves at the plantation of James Hopkinson, 1862

The house is a large antebellum house and remnant of a sea island cotton plantation. James Hopkinson was a grandson of Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence from New Jersey and designer of the American flag. The house was occupied during the Civil War by the Third New Hampshire Regiment. The two-and-one-half story, rectangular plan house has a side-gable roof and a raised, brick basement in Flemish bond. The building is clad in weatherboard other than the pedimented gable ends which uses flushboard siding. There are two massive, interior, brick chimneys that have stuccoed necking and rat-tooth bands. A full-width, five-bay, hipped roof porch extends across the façade elevation supported by plain columns. The interior has marble mantels and door and window surrounds with bull’s-eye cornerblocks. The house was added to the National Register on November 28, 1986.[3]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Emily Clements (Sep 21, 1992). "A Home on the Marsh". The Newberry Observer. p. 5. Retrieved Dec 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cassina Point, Charleston County (Cassina Point Rd., Edisto Island)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved Dec 5, 2012. 

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