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Was Pleasant Oaks Plantation, located along the Cape Fear River, ever a part of Orton Plantation?

Ken Little

The property where the Pleasant Oaks Plantation stood off N.C. 133 in Brunswick County was never part of Orton Plantation, says Charlotte Murchison, general manager of Orton Plantation. “It’s currently owned and has been for some years by the Bellamy family and it is private,” Murchison says.

At one time, Pleasant Oaks was a working rice plantation like many others along the Cape Fear River, but ceased to produce rice in the 1800s. Orton Plantation is among the few remaining examples of antebellum plantation properties in the area. It chief attraction is about 20 acres of landscaped gardens, which are open to the public. For more information, visit www.ortongardens.com

Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson, just south of Orton Plantation off N.C. 133, also offer visitors a glimpse of life in the 1700s and 1800s. For more information, visit www.nchistoricsites.org/Brunswic/brunswic.htm

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2 Responses to “ Was Pleasant Oaks Plantation, located along the Cape Fear River, ever a part of Orton Plantation?”

  1. On January 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm katey moore wrote:

    Is Pleasant Oaks Plantation the one that was owned by the Price family, across hwy 133 from Old Fort Golf Course?
    Where could I find more information on the old plantations of this area?

  2. On January 7, 2010 at 11:02 am jeanette beaudry wrote:

    I would also like to know more about the location of the local plantations in the area, especially along the Cape Fear. We take NC 133 when we visit Oak Island and would like to look for locations. I do not live in the ILM area, so could you suggest some websites or books I could order with this info? Thank you for your column, I love it and forward it to all my friends and family constantly. You’d think I live in ILM instead of Cullowhee!

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