Thorntree (Kingstree, South Carolina)

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Thorntree, January 2007
Thorntree (Kingstree, South Carolina) is located in South Carolina
Thorntree (Kingstree, South Carolina)
Thorntree (Kingstree, South Carolina) is located in the US
Thorntree (Kingstree, South Carolina)
Location SC 527, in Fluitt-Nelson Memorial Park, Kingstree, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°39′44″N 79°49′35″W / 33.66222°N 79.82639°W / 33.66222; -79.82639Coordinates: 33°39′44″N 79°49′35″W / 33.66222°N 79.82639°W / 33.66222; -79.82639
Area 15.1 acres (6.1 ha)
Built 1749 (1749)
Built by Witherspoon, James
NRHP reference # 70000606[1]
Added to NRHP October 28, 1970

Thorntree, also known as the Witherspoon House, is a historic plantation house located at Kingstree, Williamsburg County, South Carolina. It was built in 1749 by immigrant James Witherspoon (1700-1765), and is a two-story, five bay, frame "I-house" dwelling with a hall and parlor plan and exterior end chimneys. It features full-length piazzas on the front and rear elevations. In order to preserve it, the house was moved from an inaccessible rural site to Kingstree on land donated as a memorial park, known as Fluitt-Nelson Memorial Park. The house has been restored to its 18th-century appearance and is open to the public by appointment with the Williamsburg Historical Society.[2][3][4]

It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Thorntree Plantation – Kingstree – Williamsburg County". South Carolina Plantations. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  3. ^ Mrs. James W. Fant (August 1970). "Thorntree" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  4. ^ "Thorntree, Williamsburg County (S.C. Hwy 527, Kingstree)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved 2014-07-01.