Friday, September 30, 2016

Astabula Historic Plantation Home

Astabula Historic Plantation Home
By Laurie Epps

Astabula is sort of the "grand dame" of the Pendleton/Clemson area. I pass it taking my daughter to her college or visiting friends in Seneca, it wasn't until I started this blog that I looked into actually going there. Driving up, I even took a video mimicking the Grey Poupon commercial only with alternative music in the background.

Astabula is set back from the main part of the historic downtown area but well worth the trip. There is also an inn & tavern in back of this historic home, and worthy of visiting all by themselves.

My Fashion

Dress by French Atmosphere
~ Ross Dress for Less

Sandals by Sketchers
~ Rack Room Shoes

Note: The necklace is attached, and came with the dress.

I love this dress for it's ease. It's knit, so it feels like a nightgown, but due to it's cut, it's a little sexy and perfect for a night out.

Ellen's Fashion

Little Plaid Sundress
~ Old Navy

Grey Shrug & White Sandals
~ New York & Co.

I've also seen my daughter pair hers with a denim jacket and cowgirl boots for a country feel. Either way, both of us are wearing dresses that are less than $20 each and available in stores now.

Astabula History

The first owner, Lewis Ladsen Gibbes was different than the other residents of Pendleton of his day. Most of his neighbors used these Upstate dwellings as their "summer house," while Lewis planned to live here year-round. He had Astabula built sometime between 1825-1828. Sadly, Lewis didn't live in the house long. He died in this house at the age of 57, in 1828.

Lewis was at least blessed three times, and his sons inherited the house in birth order one at a time. Starting with the eldest son, Lewis Reeve Gibbes in 1830, then his younger brother, Charles Gibbes from 1831-1835, and lastly, John Gibbes until it sold in 1837. They were all ambitious men with Lewis becoming a doctor, and Charles moved to CA and mapped out a lot of the Gold Rush country in No. California. Once the Gibbes family sold the property in 1837, it had 8 owners who acquired the property for various reasons until the Mead Corporation developed the land around Astabula to produce pulpwood. It wasn't until 1961 that the plantation itself became the property of the Pendleton Historic Foundation.

To learn more about the history of Astabula, click here.

Visitor Information

There's more visitors here than just the ghost pictured at the left. If there's a ghost story, our host didn't share it. However, he did say that this particular photograph was taken in the doorway of Astabula.

Astabula is owned and managed by the same organization as the Woodburn Historic Plantation House from last month, so for my faithful followers, this'll be old hat.

You can only tour Astabula on Sundays between 2-5 pm from April-the end of October.

They're serious about their admission prices too, folks. It's $6 for adults, and $2 for kids 5-10. Astabula also has a much larger gift shop than at Woodburn, and there's information about the historical society there as well.

If you plan on visiting Astabula, you can check out their visitors page:

Mommy & Daughter Photo

I apologize that I didn't get more pictures at Astabula, but being the South, we were dodging an impeding thunderstorm. We actually seemed to time it perfectly, and we really enjoyed our visit to Astabula.

Just so you know, they also decorate Pendleton for the Christmas Holidays, and you can plan to tour Astabula with it all decked out in Southern Christmas style. Generally, they like to have this event the first weekend of December. To get more information, keep checking:

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