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​A Site to See – Historic Baynard Ruins In Sea Pines

Vicki Shivers - Friday, May 15, 2015


Hilton Head Island and the South Carolina Low Country have deep roots in American and Southern history. The Island is home to several historic sites and many National Landmarks that are fun and interesting to exploew.


Sea Pines Resort and Plantation is home to several historic sites, including the Stoney-Baynard Ruins, the remnants of a grand antebellum plantation home built on Hilton Head Island in 1793 by Captain John "Saucy Jack" Stoney.The 18th-century plantation house is preserved and remains in the 6 acre Baynard Ruins Park in beautiful Sea Pines.

The house remained in the Stoney family for several decades until, it is believed, the plantation was lost by a Stoney heir in a late-night poker game. The new owner William Edings Baynard, a highly successful cotton planter, occupied the former Stoney home from 1840 until his death in 1849.


The grounds and historic site are open to the public and everyone is welcome to visit. The ruins consist of the old Baynard estate, the main house as well as attendant slave quarters. The Baynard house, which overlooked the Calibogue Sound near the south end of the island, was part of Braddock's Point Plantation around 1793. The original house was 1885 square feet, built of timber and tabby; a mixture of oyster shells, lime, and sand. The home was raided during the Civil War and Union forces made it their headquarters. It burned down shortly after the War.


Listed on the National Register of Historic Sites, the Stoney-Baynard Ruins have captivated guests and residents with its mystery and beauty. Baynard Ruins Park is open from sunrise to sunset each day. There is no admission to visit the park; however Sea Pines Plantation does charge guests a $6 gate fee to enter the resort.


Stoney-Baynard Ruins

Sea Pines Resort and Plantation

(843) 842-1979