McLeod Plantation Master Plan

Guiding Principles
  • Operate this iconic site as a public historic park with meaningful public access.
  • Provide relevant protections of any significant resources at McLeod Plantation.
  • Maintain a balance between public access and resource preservation.
  • Protect the site in perpetuity, while allowing for sensitive additions to facilitate public use and enjoyment.
  • Execute additions to the site in a manner that are sensitive to the overall significance of the site.
  • Provide education and interpretation of the unique tangible and intangible resources at McLeod Plantation.
  • Promote a broad and diverse understanding of McLeod Plantation’s regional, state and national significance.
  • Provide opportunities for the public to gain a greater understanding of regional, state and national history through creative partnerships.
  • Conduct and document a public engagement process that seeks input from the citizenry and other stakeholders.
  • Follow the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation in all efforts undertaken at McLeod Plantation.
  • Establish a thorough process for record keeping so that all actions at McLeod Plantation are well documented and can be referenced as an important tool in future decision-making.
  • Develop an environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable approach to provide a functional site and facilities that can be maintained within the county parks system.
Project Planning
Prior to any work being done on the property, extensive inventory and analysis was conducted. The landscape architectural and planning firm, The Jaeger Company (TJC), began work on a master plan for the property in mid-2011. The development of the master plan was an open, public process that included the participation of a steering committee as well as public open houses and meetings to invite input. A stabilization plan was also developed by TJC and was headed by local architect Glenn Keyes. That project, conducted in 2012, secured and sealed the exteriors of the existing historic buildings including the main house, the houses for the enslaved, the gin house, dairy, garage, barn, and privy.

New construction officially began in April 2014 in accordance with the site’s final master plans. Areas of work included a new approach and parking area off Country Club Drive, a new welcome center that will be the first stop for visitors to the property, an open air pavilion, and a viewing deck near the pavilion and Wappoo Creek.

Other improvements made included upgrades to the infrastructure, repairs to the interior of the main house and two slave houses (to enable public access), exterior work on the gin house and garage, new paths, and several exterior interpretive signs. The budget for the construction is approximately $2.7 million. An additional $500,000 of the construction cost is covered by several grants.