Palmetto Bluff

Much of my personal family history on my mother’s side starts on Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina. My maternal grandfather, Harlem George Rubert, managed the Palmetto Bluff Plantation from about 1910 to1929. The plantation was then owned by R. T. Wilson, Jr. of New York, N. Y. My grandfather, H. G. Rubert, was R. T. Wilson’s private secretary, nurse, and executor of RT’s estate.

Front view of the Wilson Mansion before it burned on March 2, 1926. Photo by H. G. Rubert, photo Copyright by Gerald B. Graves.

I wrote two articles in 2016,
 A Short History of Palmetto Bluff Plantation, Parts I & II, about my grandfather’s role in the management of the Palmetto Bluff Plantation. They were published in the March and April editions of The Bluffton Breeze in 2017. Click here for Part I and here for Part II. Also read my A Story of Two Houses here which was revised on 3.19.2017. Enjoy and if you have any questions or comments please email me at

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